In a poignant afterword, Freyd makes it clear that she lost the option of privacy when her parents, who are founders of an advocacy organization called the False Memory Syndrome Foundation, mounted a highly visible attack on her credibility. With great dignity and restraint, Freyd describes the relentless harassment and personal vilification that she has endured from her parents and their organization, a campaign that included letters to her professional colleagues, demeaning allegations in the popular media, and, at one point, a picketer in front of her office. Rather than complaining, Freyd pleads for a return to the discourse of scientific inquiry. "My own history does not argue for or against betrayal trauma theory," she writes. "The theory must stand or fall on its own evidence and logic." Readers looking for gossip and sensational detail will be disappointed; they will find instead a thoughtful and impassioned treatise by a survivor who has transformed her own betrayal trauma into an investigation of the psychology of memory.