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Lost Daughters: Recovered Memory Therapy and the People It Hurts [Paperback]

By Reinder Van Til (Author) & Reinder Van Til (Author)
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The practice of recovered memory therapy (RMT) and the resulting accusations of childhood sexual abuse have polarized the psychotherapy community and crowded the courts. This book depicts the human toll exacted by the practice of RMT. Combining first person stories of families devastated by RMT-inspired memories with a critical cultural analysis, this book provides a unique glimpse into a catastrophically misguided therapy.

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Lost Daughters: Recovered Memory Therapy and the People It Hurts by Reinder Van Til has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Kirkus Reviews - 08/01/1997 page 1207
  • Booklist - 09/15/1997 page 191

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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   302
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.2" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.76"
Weight:   1.01 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 1997
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802842720  
ISBN13  9780802842725  

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Another chilling chronicle about the hysteria  Jul 19, 2000
Van Til begins with his own personal horror story. His daughter takes a radical feminist class at college and then begins therapy with a lesbian shrink who recovers memories of incest, etc. by dear old dad. Mom, who is divorcing him, believes the daughter. Then the son comes up with a similar tale! After about a year and a half of hell, Van Til finds out that the children are accusing Mom as well! Mom now decides she no longer believes her daughter. She can't bring herself to condemn the industry since she is part of it, but Van Til clearly sees who the villains are.

This is an excellent book that really takes the SRA, RMT, and MPD people apart with a non-hysteric presentation of the facts. That's "Satanic Ritual Abuse," "Recovered Memory Therapy," and "Multiple Personality Disorder"-all frauds, by the way. The other villains of this Great American Witch Hunt of the 80s and 90s are, one, the well-intended Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) of 1974 which required persons, teachers, clergy, social workers, etc., to report evidence of child abuse, which was okay, but it granted such persons blanket immunity from any kind of legal action should they be wrong; and, two, the policies of the stupid medical insurance companies who allied their payment practices with diagnoses made from the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Since the inception of CAPTA the instance of in-the-book "mental disorders" grown like kudzu. What some therapists have done is to make sure their client has insurance, find a disorder in the manual that takes a long time to treat, and then milk that for all they can get. Because recovered memory therapies are almost always about childhood sexual abuse, the therapist was further encouraged because the therapist now had immunity (via CAPTA) from prosecution from those hurt by the false charges developed through the so-called therapy.

Van Til does an excellent job of accounting for the existence of the hysteria and the witch hunt and explaining how it became so extensive despite the lack of any evidence for the existence of SRA and alleged widespread sexual abuse of children by daycare people. He shows the parallels with the Salem witch hunt of 1692 and the McCarthy witch hunt of the 1950s. This witch hunt was worse than either of those in many ways. While innocent people were actually executed by the Puritans, the number of damaged lives in the daycare and recovered memory hysteria was much larger. Hundreds of individuals actually went to jail, and many are still in jail as I write this, and untold thousands of lives were destroyed, both financially and emotionally. Van Til shows how the use of the invasive brainwashing techniques by social workers and counselors actually constituted a particularly horrible form of child abuse. What was especially sad about the methods of recovered memory therapy was the way they turned family members against one another and ultimately destroyed what love and trust existed. Van Til compares the tactics of RMT therapists to those of cult leaders who isolate and brainwash susceptible persons. He is right.

By the way, this attack on men is also to some extent an attack on the family by the social service industry. What the industry was saying is don't believe or trust your parents. Trust us. Give your money to us. We will make you well because we know the way and the truth. Your parents are people that you need to be rid of. We'll show you how.

I feel the utmost empathy for Van Til, and congratulate him for having the courage to write this important book. Nothing can give him his life back, but I believe in detailing his personal tragedy he has helped others, and hastened an end to the sickness.

Pathetic Argument, Selfish Perspective  Dec 29, 1999
This is one of the most offensive and small minded books that I could possibly imagine. While Mr. Van Til makes many mistakes throughout the book, I think that the most glaring error and perhaps the best argument that his children have every right to have rejected him is his complete lack of concern for their well being. What kind of father could possibly write a book about the fact that his children want nothing to do with him, yet neglect to mention two words about them? Does the author wonder if his two kids are having a hard time making it in the world without any parental assistance? If they weren't abused, does he take one second to consider that there may have been some other type of trauma that caused these accusations? That perhaps his response of complete denial and anger does not faciliate healing for anyone involved? The author seems to have no concern for anyone other than himself. Meanwhile, a few pathetic swings at psychology and feminism only prove that the man is grasping at straws to explain what emerges quite clearly: something in this family is very very wrong.
comprehensive review of the recovered memory deception  Mar 14, 1999
Reinder Van Til does a good job of reviewing each study which has been offered in support of the bogus theory of "repression of trauma" being pushed by today's psychotherapy industy to their vulnerable clients. He points out the flaws in each of these and exposes the misinterpretation of the data which attempts to force it to prove an agenda which simply can't be proven. i.e. abuse memories of which there was total lack of knowledge for perhaps years until these were suddenly recalled with the help of a therapist.

The power of suggestion is very real and when used in the clinical setting can have profound effects upon a person which can turn their entire worldview upside down. This includes their view of their own identity and of the identity of those who love them.

A loving parent can be transformed into a monster, while a normal daughter can come to believe she has lived her life in a satanic cult but repressed all memory of such because somehow this is what children do in response to serious trauma. all this being sanctioned by the today's therapists, of course.

Van Til's own personal story of how this toxic therapy and psychobabble destroyed his own family is very shocking and at the same time, very familiar. The daughter he loved accused him of vile abuse and sexual crimes. Later his son joined in such allegations. At first his wife who was deep into psychology and feminism believed the charges against him. His daughter and son would see his friends and go out of their way to go up and tell them about how dad abused them and how they never wanted to see him again. Finally, the children began accusing the mother who had supported their accusations of being involved in the abuse herself. This is a very common but tragic occurence seen in many cases where suggestion and imagination have led to total reinventing of one's personal identity to that of "abuse" victim. They are now a member of the recovered memory cult. A product of today's psychotherapy industry.


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