Satan's Silence: Ritual Abuse and the Making of a Modern American Witch-Hunt

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Communities throughout the United States were convulsed in the 1980s by accusations, often without a shred of serious evidence that respectable men and women in their midst—many of them trusted preschool teachers—secretly gathered in far-reaching conspiracies to rape and terrorize children. In this powerful book, Debbie Nathan and Mike Snedeker examine the forces fueling this blind panic.

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Overview

Communities throughout the United States were convulsed in the 1980s by accusations, often without a shred of serious evidence that respectable men and women in their midst—many of them trusted preschool teachers—secretly gathered in far-reaching conspiracies to rape and terrorize children. In this powerful book, Debbie Nathan and Mike Snedeker examine the forces fueling this blind panic.

The first book to go beyond documenting individual abuse cases to sound a general alarm about a dangerous national hysteria, Satan's Silence examines the powerful forces fueling this blind panic--including many fundamentalist groups--and exposes the scientific baselessness and the inhumanity of the methods used to gather evidence against innocent people.

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Journalist Nathan and lawyer Snedeker, both involved in debunking ritual-abuse cases, have produced a thoughtful investigation of how and why such cases have led to ``moral panic'' over the past 15 years. They trace how emerging theories about sex abuse-which proclaimed children's truthfulness-led to a situation in which social workers supplanted police as investigators, and how changes in family and gender relations (including victimology feminism) fueled social preoccupation with demonology. They look closely at several cases, including the notorious McMartin case in California, which led to paranoiac attitudes toward public child care and to a growing ``ritual-abuse industry.'' Reproducing case transcripts, the authors show how children's testimony was led; nevertheless, civil libertarians shied away from challenging such cases: ``demonization of child sexual abuse as society's ultimate evil has rendered it so holy as to be virtually immune to reasoned analysis.'' The authors believe that real sexual abuse, especially incest, is underreported, and recommend that investigators be better trained as well as granted only limited immunity from malpractice. More broadly, they see a need to educate children in such a way that they develop psychological and sexual integrity. (Nov.)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780465071807
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 10/19/1995
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The Best of Intentions 11
2 Demonology 29
3 Beginnings: Mary Ann Barbour 53
4 Judy Johnson and the McMartin Preschool 67
5 Chaos in Kern County 93
6 A Plague and Its Healers 107
7 Accusations 137
8 Confessions 160
9 The Medical Evidence 178
10 Extraordinary Laws 200
11 Silences Broken, Silences Made 221
12 Toward Real Child Protection 245
Notes 255
Index 305
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