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Speaker: Ross Cheit

Title: The Witch-Hunt Narrative

Subtitle: Politics, Psychology, and the Sexual Abuse of Children

Conference: 30th Annual University of Wisconsin-Madison Conference on Child Sexual Abuse

Place: Madison, Wisconsin, United States

Date: October 27, 2014

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | American History: U.S. History | Types: Child Sexual Abuse


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Speaker: Ross E. Cheit, Department of Political Science, Brown UniversityResearchGate

Abstract: »It has become widely accepted that a series of high-profile child sexual abuse cases from the ’80s and early ’90s were “witch hunts.” That view first took hold in the media, and then spread to courts and academia. Painstaking original trial court research challenges the accuracy of that narrative. These findings have significant implications on the debate over “child suggestibility” and also help explain the politics behind the continuing denunciation of child-abuse professionals.« (Source: Conference Website)

Publication: Cheit, Ross. E. The Witch-Hunt Narrative: Politics, Psychology, and the Sexual Abuse of Children. Oxford 2014.

Wikipedia: History of the Americas: History of the United States | Types of rape: Child sexual abuse