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Posted October 13, 2011
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.