This article, written by james Hopper, Ph.D., provides a basic overview of how brain functioning operates during and after a traumatic event, and how those functions affect memories.

It is not reasonable to expect a trauma survivor – whether a rape victim, a police officer or a soldier – to recall traumatic events the way they would recall their wedding day. They will remember some aspects of the experience in exquisitely painful detail. Indeed, they may spend decades trying to forget them. They will remember other aspects not at all, or only in jumbled and confused fragments. Such is the nature of terrifying experiences, and it is a nature that we cannot ignore.

Indeed. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) blames an alleged victim’s memory failures as a justification for believing her to be falsely accusing a Supreme Court nominee as some sort of political ploy to not seat the nominee.

I have no doubts that liberals find Kavanaugh to be an unacceptable choice. Nor am I naive enough to believe that Democrats would plan to delay a confirmation.

Nonetheless, they would not – they could not – deliberately “create” a victim. A credible victim has passed a polygraph. She has requested an impartial FBI review into the facts about the nominee’s pattern of behavior as a 17 year old.

But despite those pleas for impartial inquiries, the GOP Judiciary Committee members have instead chosen to use a different strategy:


It is a strategy destined to fail before the American people.