Sex Abuse Hysteria Salem Witches Trials Revisited: Causes of the Present Child Sex Abuse Hysteria in the United States

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In response to an apparent epidemic of child sexual abuse, psychiatrist Gardner has written a passionate and perceptive analysis of the prevalence of false accusations, especially those made in the context of day care centers and custody disputes. While noting that the majority of allegations are probably valid, Gardner exposes the ways in which suggestible and immature children are manipulated by coercive, biased interviews. His severest criticism is for the incompetent evaluators whose zealous determination to uncover sexual abuse causes them to use a variety of objectionable techniques to elicit the responses they seek. A final chapter focuses on the similarities between this current phenomena and the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. An insightful and thought-provoking study for both specialists and lay readers. Highly recommended.-- Ilse Heidman Ali, Motlow State Community Coll., Tullahoma, Tenn.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780933812222
  • Publisher: Creative Therapeutics, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/1990
  • Pages: 150

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  • Posted October 13, 2011

    Listen to both sides

    Richard Gardner, MD is a practicing child psychiatrist and recognized scholar. In Sex Abuse Hysteria: Salem Witch Trials Revisited he takes on the growing hysteria with regard to child sex abuse allegations.
    In the media and in the courts the accused are vilified before they have a fair hearing. Gardner takes a in depth view to understanding the complexity of the evolution of sexual identity.
    He does not state that all situations are invalid, he address the small percentage that the tragic plight of this small group- the falsely accused- that this book is devoted.
    The subject matter is intense and some of the matter can be very titillating but the point is valid. We should give everyone a fair shake and examine the cultural and social contributions to these perceptions.
    In the second part of the book, Gardner does an extensive review of the similarities of the Salem Witch Trials in 1692 and the present child sex abuse hysteria.

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