Amnesia as a Consequence of Male Rape: A Case Report

Alfred W. Kaszniak, Paul D. Nussbaum, Michael R. Berren, Jose Santiago

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A male patient suffering from a generalized functional retrograde amnesia, for all autobiographical information, was admitted to a psychiatric inpatient facility. Psychological testing indicated possible sexual assault. Following five hypnotic sessions, the patient regained his memory, and a violent sexual attack by two males was validated. The amnesia is discussed in terms of the constructs of implicit versus explicit memory, and reasons why a male rape victim might suffer such an extreme reaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-104
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Abnormal Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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