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Posted by: NSR | 2012/04/30

Molestation - memory loss

Is it possible for a person to remember being molested as a child but not remember as an adult then molesting other children? Keeping in mind this man was molested at a very young age and then molested others over a span of 40 years and claims not to remember?

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No. Many people who were probably molested, don't remember it - and if this happened at a very young age, one really doesn't have the capacity and hardware or software to form and record such memories. So remembering very earlier age molestation is unlikely.
On the other hand, there is no reason whatever why any ADULT, who molested others at all, let alone over a period of 40 years, would forget what they had done. That sounds far too convenient a claim and excuse. Being molested is unpleasant and one might have some reason not to wish to recall that ; molesting others is presumably done because he enjoyed doing so, and would not at all be the sort of thing to be forgotten.

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2012/04/30

No. Many people who were probably molested, don't remember it - and if this happened at a very young age, one really doesn't have the capacity and hardware or software to form and record such memories. So remembering very earlier age molestation is unlikely.
On the other hand, there is no reason whatever why any ADULT, who molested others at all, let alone over a period of 40 years, would forget what they had done. That sounds far too convenient a claim and excuse. Being molested is unpleasant and one might have some reason not to wish to recall that ; molesting others is presumably done because he enjoyed doing so, and would not at all be the sort of thing to be forgotten.

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