We Believe the Children

We Believe the Children

A Moral Panic in the 1980s

Book - 2015
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"During the 1980s in California, New Jersey, and New York, Michigan, Massachusetts, and Florida, Tennessee, Texas, Ohio, and elsewhere, daycare workers were arrested, charged, tried, and convicted of committing horrible sexual crimes against the children they cared for. These crimes, social workers and prosecutors said, had gone undetected for years, and they consisted of a brutality and sadism that defied all imagining. Using extensive archival research conducted in Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Minneapolis, and elsewhere, and drawing on dozens of interviews conducted with the hysteria's major figures, n+1 editor Richard Beck shows how a group of legislators, doctors, lawyers, and parents, most working with the best of intentions, set the stage for a cultural disaster. Psychiatrists and talk therapists turned dubious theories of trauma and recovered memory into a destructive new kind of psychotherapy. Social workers and detectives employed coercive interviewing techniques that led children to tell them what they wanted to hear. The climate of fear that surrounded these cases influenced a whole series of arguments about women, children, and sex that had been intensifying for some twenty years. At the root of these accusations were competing visions of society and what it was that threatened it most. "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781610392877
Branch Call Number: 362.76097 B3883w 2015
Characteristics: xxv, 323 pages ; 25 cm


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Aug 08, 2015

A most thoughtful and chilling book, sure to anger those not familiar with this story [or stories]. There appears to be either a subset, or superset, of psychologists or psychology workers who were involved in pseudo-molestation in the 1980s, management techniques in the 1990s, and during the last decade or so, with torture interrogation techniques!


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