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 ...
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.
New in New jacket. New first edition clothbound hardcover in new dj. Jacket looks brand new but please note that previous owner was a collector who carefully reinforced the dust jacket with what appears to be archival tape along the interior edges to prevent shelf wear. The book itself is in pristine new, clean, clean and unread condition, with a cover so tight it is obvious it has never even been opened more than a couple inches. Remaindered.
The author did a good job in outlining the details of how, what, and why ritual abuse became a panic that was proved wrong. Informative, factual and detailed read about the ritual abuse and Satanism panic of the 60s and 70s. How it infected all agencies of government and authority and why dispite the evidence otherwise it became as involved in all of society.
Publishers Weekly, 1995-09-25 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 abuseśwhich proclaimed children's truthfulnessśled 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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