The research clearly shows that at least 10 percent of people sexually abused in childhood will have periods of complete amnesia for their abuse, followed by experiences of delayed recall. Study after study has shown that high percentages of recovered memories have been fully corroborated. See: http://ritualabuse.us/research/memory-fms/recovered-memory-data/
The research also has consistently shown that false allegations of child sexual abuse by children are rare, as low as one percent in some studies. Also, when McHugh ran the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, doctors did not report the child abuse of later convicted child sex offenders. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/09/20/ED175849.DTL
McHugh is also a founder and board member of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation, an organization that in part defends accused and convicted child molesters. http://www.fmsfonline.org/advboard.html
How do we know for certain that a sexual abuse accusation is a “false memory” unless we see what kind of evidence there is to support the accusation?
Couldn’t the accusation also be based on repressed, disturbing desires? Memory researcher Dr. Elizabeth Loftus says in her 1981 textbook, “Thus a young woman who is sexually attracted to her father may try to repress her disturbing incestuous desires. But her behavior may indicate that these feelings are not completely forgotten. The woman may pause or fumble for words when discussing certain things about her father and she may show other signs of anxiety such as sweating or blushing” (Psychology, p. 203).