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Speaker: Ross Cheit

Title: The Witch-Hunt Narrative

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

Conference: 29th San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment (January 24-29, 2015)

Place: San Diego, California, United States

Date: January 26, 2015

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: »Politics, psychology, and the sexual abuse of children empirically challenges the view that a series of high-profile cases in the 1980s and early 1990s were hoaxes. Shows how a narrative based on empirically thin evidence became a theory with real social force, and how that theory stood at odds with the reality of child sexual abuse.« (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