There is much to be gained by those in power who would silence or discredit those of us who have had crimes committed against us. There is nothing for survivors to gain by making up memories of abuse. In fact, it is more likely that a survivor will retract or deny disclosures of being abused (especially sexually abuse) in childhood than dredge up 'false memories.'
Not only is it scary to face our truth, it's downright frightening to tell our story. If we reveal what happened to our abuser, s/he will do everything to avoid fessing up. Sometimes s/he will threaten us. That's why sometimes it's the lesser of two evils to deny our truth and pretend we just made up a story.
Healing childhood sexual abuse is profoundly painful emotional work that sometimes takes years to complete, as I mentioned before. Part of the necessary work is remembering what happened to you. You have the right to remember, to piece together your truth, so you can understand how the abuse affected your life.
If hearing about such things as so-called False Memory Syndrome upsets and discourages you, don't become helpless and give up. FMS and the foundation named after it came about as part of a backlash that encourages society to deny, or at least minimize, the damage childhood abuse causes. FMS serves only to protect offenders and blame victims.
Being a survivor of sexual abuse is not an illness. You had a crime committed against you. Anyone accused of incest or the sexual abuse of a child has every reason to try and avoid jail. He (or sometimes she) is considered by prison inmates to be the lowest of the low and treated accordingly.
It takes enormous courage to look at our pasts and heal abuse. Think of yourself as not only healing yourself but helping heal those not yet able to. You are breaking a cycle, a beacon shedding light into shadowy corners.
REMINDER: Be part of the solution not the backlash.