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The ravages of false memories.

During the 1980s and 1990s, tens of thousands of Americans became convinced that they had repressed memories of childhood sexual abuse, and then, decades later, recovered those memories in therapy.

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More than 800 lawsuits followed these sex abuse scandals sending dozen of innocent fathers to jail.

What followed this modern American witch-hunt became known as the “memory wars”’, as wrongly accused parents successfully sued their children’s psychiatrists and psychologists on the charge of inducing false memories of childhood sexual abuse, incest or even satanic ritual abuse.

In France, more and more cases of therapy malpractice have been taken to court in the past few years.

Regulations controlling the ever-increasing number of professions in the field of psychotherapy are inconsistent, paving the way for a real social evil.

Each year in France, over 2500 cases of therapist malpractices are reported to the Miviludes, the French governmental organization which fights against sectarian aberrations.

But according to the organization, there are probably tens of thousands abusive therapists out there. How do they manipulate their patients ? In most cases, by promising healing miracles to severely ill patients or by inducing false memories of childhood sexual abuse. In therapy, there’s a thin line between suggestion and memory distortion. What drives them ? Money, power and sex.

The documentary : « Mental manipulation : when a therapy gets out of control », directed by Stephanie Trastour, gives a voice to several victims of severe therapy malpractice. They unveil the devastating effects of such fraudulent misconduct : extortion of money, harassment, sexual abuse, prostitution, family’s devastation… and the ultimate click, when things finally fall into place. These ex patients all successfully sued their therapist and are now trying to get on with their lives.

Exploring the psychological and sociological causes of this phenomena, the documentary questions this growing concern in the field of psychological health.

About The Author

David Nataf started his career as co-founder of Net Development, a leading French web integrators, employing 80 people. After the merger of Net Development with Reef publisher, David joined the law firm, Jean-Pierre Millet, with the defense of computer attackers and victimes specialty ("hackers") in cases between different organizations such as NSA or other members of the international interception 'Echelon' network from the UKUSA treaty or the US Air Force. He is the author of several books on information warfare, consultant for the European Parliament as an expert in computer security (SSI) and electromagnetic signals intelligence (SIGINT). David Nataf successively launched several start-ups of the Internet in the field of paperless technologies termination of contracts online ("resilier.com"); online subscription to early stage fundraising foreshadowing the model will retain more later the platform "gust.com", or free roaming mobile operators (MVNO). Given his specialty at the cross road of anti computer crime legal advising, Internet technology, media and anti-propaganda operations, David has naturally become an actor's influence on the Web, working for a think-tank representing french defense and Aerospace. He is architecting crypto farms and masternodes for cryptocurrencies in Asia and Israel technological parks. He graduated in Law from the Faculty of Paris, is a passionate graduated gemologist by Gemological Institute of America "GG", Gemmological Association of Great Britain "Cert-Ga", practical daily triathlon.

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