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  •  None of Loftus' research is relevant to sexual (2+ / 0-)
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    coquiero, kharma

    violence against children.

    Kids don't get severe complex PTSD from being "lost in the mall."  Violent assault by a trusted care-giver is another matter.

    "Get in the way. Create chaos. Cause trouble. " "On global warming there is no more time to change the Overton Window. We have to break it."

    by sturunner on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 04:16:47 PM PST

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    •  That is your opinion (2+ / 0-)
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      and the opinion of a few other researchers. But it does not mean her work was discredited. It was not. She is highly respected and regarded, and her work has been widely praised and awarded. It is not uncommon in science to extrapolate from findings in one situation to amother. It is a fact you can implant a false unpleasant memory in a child. It is a theory that if you can do this in some situations, you could also do this in regard to sexual abuse. I find no evidence that she has ever lied or said unequivocally that someone is lying about sexual abuse.

      In court cases, she has been described as presenting the science impartially and without bias. She explains what her work has found and her theories on what it means, and on cross examination, the prosecutor tries to tear her work apart. She said she does not worry whether she is testifying on behalf of a defendant who migt be guilty because her testimony is a small part of the case and she is not opining as to whether the accuser or defendant is lying. She is just describing her findings that false memory is possible.

      I do not see why that is a problem. It is up to the prosecutor to make the point that her conclusions have not been studied in sexual abuse victims, which I have no doubt she would readily admit.

      **Electing Republicans to the government is like hiring pyromaniacs as firemen. They all just want to see everything burn to the ground.**

      by CatM on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 04:25:07 PM PST

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