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Abstract There is a great debate regarding the recovery of childhood sexual abuse CSA memories and on the accuracy of those recovered memories Recovered memories are memories that have been remembered after previously being blocked or inaccessable for some period of time Gleaves et al 2004 Recovered memories may have been blocked due to repression which is the removal of unwanted experiences into the unconscious Barlow and Durand 2005 because the event was considered too traumatic to deal with however memories of CSA may sometimes be memories of an event that did not occur another words a false memory Gleaves et al 2004There are so many questions about memories of CSA for instance was the memory blocked or repressed due to amnesia or just simply not thought about Is the recovered memory real fragmented with blends of original and intervening false information Gleaves et al 2005 or a completely false memoryAfter such a great length of time often years after the initial CSA do these adults remember what happened to them all those years ago These recovered memories can cause confusion so some individuals seek help from a therapist because they feel that a therapist will be able to help them to understand there memories but others suggest that some therapists actually plant the suggestions for CSA that grow into what the client believes to be a real experienceThe first argument that will be tackled is the one that suggests that CSA is traumatic and memories for the abuse are repressed due to amnesia A repressed memory is a process that forces unwanted material from the conscious into the unconscious Barlow And Durand 2005 in other words a repressed memory is an awareness by the individual that something has happened but they have no memory of it CSA is thought of as a traumatic set of events that may occur for years the individual may voluntarily repress known as suppression the
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