Our expert says:
So this is a very late allegation against someone in your family ? After all this time, why has she "remembered" this ambiguous act ? It might have been accidental or harmless, especially from another child. WE dont know what hppened, as memories are highly unreliable, espciallyof things that happened when one was a toddler.
I wonder whether she might have been reading one or more of the dangerously misleading and factually inaccurate but populafr books which give false information about childhood sexual abuse ?
Such books often lie, suggesting falsely that a wide range of symptoms which actually have dozens of possible causes are "proof" that one has been abused (untrue ) , misrepresenting the accuracy of ANY memories of very early childhood, and give out false information about the supposed benefits of "remembering" such events, in various quack therapies. If sher had no memory at all of this event until recently, then this is probably a false memory ( see False Memory Syndrome ). Real trauma is never forgotten, even if we choose not to think about it for extended periods.
Don't assume that anything bad happened. If she urently wants encouragement, ask her when and how she came to decide she remembered these events. If this came after reading a book, article, of seeing a film, or in therapy with someone other than a fully qualified specialist psychiatrist or psychologist, encourage her to see a proper expert to explore that is actually bothering her. The current perverse fashion for Confrontation would probably be bad for both of them.
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