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The witch-hunt narrative : politics, psychology, and the sexual abuse of children

Author: Ross E Cheit; Oxford University Press.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Child sexual abuse became part of the public discourse in 1984 with a series of high-profile criminal cases involving day-care centres, many of which were eventually seen as 'witch-hunts'. Under this view, the charges were the result of suggestive interviewing, over-zealous prosecutors, and a gullible press. This is the first scholarly book to challenge that view. Based on fifteen years of original trial court  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ross E Cheit; Oxford University Press.
ISBN: 9780199355853 0199355851
OCLC Number: 880244722
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations (black and white)
Contents: Introduction: the infamous child sexual abuse cases of the 1980s --
The McMartin Preschool case (1983-1990) --
Scrutinizing the evidence of a national witch-hunt --
History ignored: silence, denial, and minimization --
Conclusion --
The turning point: State v. Michaels --
Going to extremes: State v. Fuster --
Conclusion II --
The legacy of the witch-hunt narrative.
Responsibility: Ross E. Cheit.

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The Witch-Hunt Narrative is a magisterial and empirically powerful account of the social dynamics that led, in the early 1990s, to widespread popular skepticism about the veracity of child sex abuse  Read more...

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