Thursday, February 1, 2018 uses Repressed Memory (AKA False Memory Syndrome) to lobby for ending Statutes of Limitations

I never even heard of the organization PROTECT until someone sent this to me in an email. The full name of the organization is "The National Association to Protect Children" and proclaims to be a "national pro-child, anti-crime membership association. We are founded on the belief that our first and most sacred obligation as parents, citizens and members of the human species is the protection of children." This means yet another victim cult that promotes more named laws like "Alicia's Law" as well as ending statutes of limitations.

Now, they are using the debunked myth of "repressed memories" (better known as False Memory Syndrome) as a key talking point. In case you don't feel like researching, "repressed memories" is a phenomenon of the Satanic Ritual Abuse era panic where memories were "recovered" through hypnosis or mind-altering drugs where people "remembered" they suffered horrific abuse at the hands of underground pedophilic Illuminati satanists, mainly in daycare centers across the US. That myth started with Michelle Remembers, a book that was debunked as a complete fabrication.

Get this, the President of the group is the woman who played the annoying Nellie Oleson on Little House on the Prairie. At least she's used to being an unlikable character.

Worst of all, these absurd beliefs are shaping public policy.

At PROTECT, sometimes we launch our own federal initiatives, but sometimes we are asked to review bills in Congress and to support members efforts to protect children.

Almost two years ago Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senator John Cornyn asked PROTECT to review Extending Justice for Sex Crime Victims Act. Incorporated into this bill was a provision to open up the statute of limitations, which provides civil remedy for victims to sue their abusers. A year ago, this bill was added to S 534 Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act, a bill in response to the Larry Nasser case.

Longtime PROTECT supporters will remember our fight to open up the statute of limitations in Virginia back in 2011. (…/article_ace91d27-c9a3-5658-966d-5…)

We learned in that fight that simply extending the amount of time victims have to sue after turning 18 was not enough. Repressed memory is real and often times victims don’t remember the details of their abuse until a life event triggers the memories. Sometimes victims do not associate problems they have like addiction, suicidal ideation, PTSD, eating disorders, or depression until they receive counseling and the underlying abuse is identified as the cause. For those reasons PROTECT advocated strongly for an amendment which would allow victims to sue their abusers not just 10 years from the age of majority, but 10 years after discovery of the abuse or 10 years after discovery of the injury. PROTECTs amendment effectively abolishes the federal civil statute of limitations.

Yesterday that bill became law.

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