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Van Derbur

Type of Case (Legal, Clinical, Other): Other

Location (State or Country): Colorado

Form of Corroboration (other victim, witness of event, family member/mother, advisory organization, confession): other victims (sister)


Marilyn Van Derbur’s recovered memories of child sexual abuse were revealed publicly in Denver, Colorado, May 1991. Her memories were corroborated by her sister, Gwen Mitchell, who had continuous memory of similar abuse and who long thought she “was the only one” sexually abused in the family (Germer). Van Derbur used her influence as Miss America 1958 to advocate for survivors of childhood sexual abuse.


1. Germer, F. (1991, May 11). Ex-Beauty Queen's Sister Acknowledges Father Molested Her, Too. Rocky Mountain News.

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