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What FMSF said they did:

“This [the FMSF] is not an ordinary organization. It is an organization dedicated to the most important issue in our lives: finding ways for children to return safely and for families to reunite.” - FMSF Staff, in FMSF newsletter.

“What has happened to families is not right and it is not fair… [the FMSF is] finding ways to help our children back to reality and to help families reunite.” - FMSF Staff, in FMSF newsletter.

“That's what the FMS Foundation is all about -- trying to stop the pseudoscientific
traffic of confused ideas about memory and practice so that families can be reunited.” - Pamela Freyd, in FMSF newsletter.

What FMSF actually did:

✓+ Minimize abuse, specifically to keep families together.

Eleanor Goldstein: Friend of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation who monetarily backed, co-authored, published, and distributed Pamela Freyd’s book about FMS.

In an interview with Mary Knight, Eleanor Goldstein described a father sexually fondling his child as a “mistake” and stated that in situations of sexual abuse, children should be “responsible for themselves and not carry a grudge from century to century.” The interview goes on to discuss this incident:
Knight: “But if there was sexual touch, do you think the family should still stay together?”
Goldstein: “Of course”
Knight: “Even after there was-”
Goldstein: “Absolutely.”
Goldstein: “I don’t think sexual touch is the horrible horrors. I don’t think so. I think we make a big to-do about nothing.” [4]

+ Supported parents who vilify their own daughters.
The FMSF supported parents who sued their own daughters or otherwise acted against their daughters wishes in a way that harmed family dynamics.

Herman Ohme:
Ohme was a behind-the-scenes supporter who organized conferences and lobbying efforts for the FMSF. In a newsletter for the Ohio FMSF branch, he wrote:
“I also wanted some personal revenge against my daughter's "Christian" Therapist... My vendetta against her therapist drove a wedge of hatred between my daughter and me. She wrote me the most hateful letter I've ever read but, even at that cost, I felt GREAT because I got some revenge.” -Ohme, [5]

“A Fighting Father”:
In their newsletter, the FMSF chose to publish the story of an anonymous ‘fighting father” who sued his own daughter over the accusations of abuse. “I told my daughter that she had two choices: she could recant her accusation that I had abused her or she could take a polygraph… I also told her that if she refused the two offers, I would sue her in order to clear my name.” “The purpose of my lawsuit is to vindicate myself, to preserve my self-esteem, and to restore my family… I thank the Foundation for its effort. The newsletter and the information have been priceless.” [6]

The Johnsons:
In the Johnson v. Rogers Memorial Hospital case, the Johnsons sued three therapists that treated their adult daughter, Charlotte, who was not party to the suit. Charlotte’s right to keep her medical records confidential was overturned against her will. The Johnsons have tried to portray this lawsuit as an effort to let their daughter know that they love her and “want her to come home.” [7] That explanation is inconsistent with their dogged effort to force Charlotte to testify against her will. They continued to press the issue even when medical assessments stated that forcing her to testify at trial could cause their daughter to become suicidal. It took an order from the trial judge, who agreed that Charlotte’s health was at risk, to quash their subpoena.

Pamela Freyd stated in the FMSF newsletter that “The Johnson case is every FMSF member's case. It is what every family falsely accused… believed would happen if they were able to get someone to listen to their story.” “There were FMSF families in court to support the Johnsons every day of the trial, and there were more than 20 present for the closing arguments.” Due to the breach of confidentiality against Charlotte’s will, the FMSF described the suit as a “especially significant case.” “The story of how the therapy records became available… is quite possibly the biggest step to date in the battle of parents who have lost their children because of… false memories (beliefs) that developed in therapy. The result of this case is a symbolic win for all families who believe that their children were harmed in therapy.” [8]

There was no evidence that the memories in the Johnson v. Rogers Memorial Hospital case were caused or created by therapy. Read more about the case in this blog post

✓ + Executive Director, Pamela Freyd, harassed her own daughter and undercut her professional career.

Jane Doe Letter:
Pamela Freyd wrote and published an anonymous article titled “How Could This Happen? Coping with A False Accusation of Incest and Rape” about her daughter, Jennifer Freyd, in Ralph Underwager's self-published journal Issues in Child Abuse Accusations. It included easily-identifiable information – such as Jennifer Freyd’s academic achievements, tenure status, previous research grants and presentations, previous cities of employment, and details of her move cross country for work – as well as sensitive details about Jennifer Freyd’s accusations of abuse, casting her in a negative light. [9] Pamela Freyd circulated this article to Jennifer Freyd’s senior colleagues while she was being evaluated for a promotion to full professor, making it clear with a signed letter that she was the author. [10]
Quotes from Pamela Freyd’s article:
“I don't suppose there is really any nice way to accuse your father of incest, but the cruel dramatic gestapo-like techniques… set in motion reactions that have made dealing with the revelation more difficult.”
“I have had the feeling that ever since this sad business began, my daughter has been trying to fit me into the paradigm of the wife of a child abuser and I have found it insulting.”
“[Jennifer] had done lots of experimenting with drugs when she was a teenager. Could that have caused memory confusion?” [9]

Jennifer Freyd has stated that her parents' behavior has had “a pattern of boundary violation, a pattern of invasion and control, a pattern of inappropriate and unwanted sexualization, a pattern of family and relationship dysfunction, and a pattern of intimidation and manipulation.” [11]

You can read more about this subject at Pamela Freyd’s page.


[1] FMSF Staff. (1992, December 5). People Ask, “What Can I Do?” FMS Foundation Newsletter. 1(11), 6.
[2] FMSF Staff (1994, May 4). Finances: FMS Foundation Newsletter. 3(5), 5-6.
[3] Freyd, Pamela. (1992, December 5). Dear Friends. FMS Foundation Newsletter. 1(11), 1.
[4] Eleanor Goldstein and Mary Knight. Personal Interview. Retrieved from:
[5] Ohme, Herman. (2002, March). It felt something like the WTC Towers 9-11 attack. Ohio Association of Responsible Mental Health Practices (OARMHP) Newsletter.
[6] “A Fighting Dad.” (2004, July/August). Why I Sued My Daughter. FMS Foundation Newsletter. 13(4), 12.
[7] Erickson, Doug. (2011, January 23). Parents Awarded $1 Million in Suit Claiming Therapists Created False Memories of Abuse. Wisconsin State Journal.
[8] FMSF Staff. (2011, Winter). Johnsons Awarded $1 Million in Epic Wisconsin Case. FMS Foundation Newsletter. 20(1), 6-10.
[9] Doe, Jane (1991, Summer). How Could This Happen? Coping with A False Accusation of Incest and Rape. Issues In Child Abuse Accusations, 3(3).
Author identified in Freyd, Pamela. (1991, November 15). I am “Jane Doe.” Letter to Carole Roscielny.
[10] Freyd, Pamela. (1993, September 6). Trial By Therapy. FMS Foundation. Unpublished Manuscript.
[11] Freyd, Jennifer & Birrell, Pamela (2013). Blind to Betrayal: Why We Fool Ourselves We Aren't Being Fooled. Wiley.

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