The Orange County Register published a story January 2010 a story about a young girl who claimed to have a relationship with an employee at Starbucks.
The girl who was a teenager at the time of the alleged relationship did not want to testify against the employee. She did also ask the manager not to fire the employee.
But after being violent forced into so-called therapy at a facility name Integrity House she suddenly confessed to the relationship in a letter she had to write in order to be released back to her family.
It is far from the first time teenagers have confessed to various acts as result of actions often claimed to be therapy. High Impact in Tecate produced far the best results when they were in operation. The conditions were harsh. Often the teenagers were placed in dog cages tied up being forced to dry out under the sun (Photo taken from Inside Edition can be viewed in this link)
Imagine yourself in this position. For how long would you be able to hold out? How willingly would you be to invent acts in order to achieve better conditions?
But is the girl who is suing then a liar?
Not necessary because therapy has another tool to make the claims right in the mind of the child placed in therapy. The fact is that there is something called False Memory Syndrome. If a child is sent to a facility by either the parents or the social service the paying party wants to see results. This wish for results has in a number of cases given the employees of the treatment facility the motive to implant false memories on the teenager. A lot of parents have sent their teenagers to treatment facilities only to be shocked by the confessions the teenagers give as reply to the impact letter the parents are encouraged to send once the teenagers are detained at the facility.
Was the entire Starbuck case then a result of implanted false memory? It is not certain to state but the fact is that a lot of teenagers suddenly confess to various acts the parents didn't even suspect the slightest.
The present system has its flaws. Innocent people might end up in prison as result of implanted false memories. That's why such confessions should be followed by some degree of independent evidence before any judgment is done based on it.
Integrity House did recently close another facility operating under the same circle of people who are among the owners. Whether the Academy of Eastern Arizona had the proper licenses is still under investigation.
Woman sues Starbucks for underage sex (The Orange County Register, January 25, 2010)