Memory Repression in Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

  • Debra Rose Wilson


The terrible reality of childhood sexual abuse cannot be forgotten in the debates over the validity and processes of traumatic memory. Sexual abuse profoundly influences the whole being of the victim.
The purpose of this paper is to explore processes and outcomes of not remembering childhood sexual abuse.
It is relevant to holistic nursing, how childhood sexual abuse and the victim’s coping processes affect long-term biopsychosocial health. Recovered memories are part of the healing process. “Putting away” traumatic childhood
memories of sexual abuse, whether voluntarily or unconsciously, has a logical purpose that can be seen from classic psychoanalytic, cognitive, and holistic theories.


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