Picks and Pans Review: A Father Falsely Accused
updated 10/04/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 10/04/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT
WHY DID YOU THINK YOU'D BEEN ABUSED?
It was incest-mania in the culture. Oprah came out as a survivor, Roseanne. Incest is a lot more common than people had believed. I was reporting on survivors and started having very real nightmares of being molested. I thought they were flashbacks.
WHAT DID YOU DO?
I told my brother; he believed me. My mom was devastated. Finally my father-they were divorced-was outraged. We didn't speak for years.
HOW DID YOU DECIDE YOU WERE WRONG?
Women were "recovering" things so outlandish-Satanic rituals-that I thought, well, are my stories true? I realized I had no real memories of abuse.
DID YOU APOLOGIZE?
Yes. My dad said he understood why I'd said it, that he had been a very imperfect father. Can you imagine, after all I put him through?
AND YOUR MOM?
I don't think she's ever forgiven me, but we're working on it.