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Court to consider repressed memories in abuse case

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Jan 20, 2012 at 12:45 pm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Supreme Court is expected to hear a case Monday that involves repressed memories and priest sexual abuse.

A lawsuit by James Keenan against the Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul and the Diocese of Winona falls outside the statute of limitations.

Keenan alleges he was abused by a priest sometime between 1980 and 1982. Minnesota law requires individuals to bring a lawsuit within six years of turning 18 or when they knew about the abuse.

Attorney Jeff Anderson tells Minnesota Public Radio News Keenan initially didn't remember the abuse he allegedly suffered as a youth because he repressed the memory. It surfaced in 2002 and Keenan filed the lawsuit in 2006.

The court will consider whether memory repression is scientifically reliable.

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