Review ☆ Satan's Silence: Ritual Abuse and the Making of a Modern American Witch Hunt 107

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Review ☆ Satan's Silence: Ritual Abuse and the Making of a Modern American Witch Hunt 107 Ö Communities throughout the United States were convulsed in the 1980’s and early 1990’s by accusations often without a shred of serious evidence that respectable men and women in their mids—manyCommunities throughout the United States were convulsed in the 1980’s and early 1990’s by accusations often without a shred of serio. Has that smug “very special nuanced rational centrist” tone throughout; everyone who disagrees with the authors in any way is cast as hysterical to the exact same degree Weird takes Insisting poverty causes sexual abuse The vast majority of porn isn’t violent and women like it as much as men do Child porn is barely a thing at all and isn’t created or distributed within underground networks where significant amounts of money changes hands The phrase “nonviolent crossgenerational sex” Bold to insist that child sexual abuse is rare and obviously couldn’t have occurred in any of these situations when the whole book is about healthcriminal justice professionals coercing kids into reciting disturbing sexual torture scenarios Shitty practices in therapysocial workmedicinelaw enforcement interrogation were the problem here above all else it definitely was not dworkin’s faultdefinitely informative though esp on the point of policemental healthmedical catastrophic misconduct

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Us evidence that respectable men and women in their mids many of them trusted preschool teachers secretly gathered in far reaching consp. Watched a bad doco about the Ritual Abuse scare of the 90s which dissolved down into the individual neurosis and dysfunction of a particular family This book was a good antidote in that respect though I don't necessarily agree with all the conclusions

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Satan's Silence Ritual Abuse and the Making of a Modern American Witch HuntIracies to rape and terrorize children In this powerful book Debbie Nathan and Mike Snedeker examine the forces fueling this blind panic. While this is arguably the definitive work on the satanic panic ritual abuse hysteria of the 1980s and the book that finally put this embarrassing era of unreason to rest it's clear that a focused and removed look at this phenomenon is needed Maybe now 30 removed from the McMartin fiasco is the time for someone to tackle this topic and offer a work that is just as exhaustive but less prone to long digressions into feminist theory and now dated views of both science and sociology This is an important period in modern US history a modern witch hunt worthy of 1690s Salem and we owe it to ourselves as citizens to remember these times when religious fundamentalism and pseudoscience conspire to undermine rationality to keep it from happening againNathan herself deserves admiration for practicing skepticism and critical thinking at a time when the country had gone mad with moral panic over satanist pedophiles infiltrating the child care industry Far from an armchair uarterback Nathan's work in this book stems from her articles written at the height of the panic defending the wrongly accused and uestioning the lack of evidence something even the highly educated at the time were unwilling or unable to do Nathan's subseuent career has been similarly impressive refuting the link between pornography and sexual violence and debunking the famous multiple personality disorder case that spawned the book and film SybilStill the book is neither timeless nor perfect Some of it is tough to read The suffering of the unjustly accused who lost their families freedom and livelihood is harrowing as I'm sure it is meant to be At the time of this book's publication some of these people were still serving lengthy prison sentences based only on the coerced testimony of children More troubling is a chapter on physical evidence that consists of about twenty pages of description of children's genitalia I eventually skipped ahead at the fourth mention of anal winking The bigger problems however are the with the book's organization Much of it is repetitive belaboring the point of what not to do when interviewing child witnesses Worst of all are Nathan's long contextual asides into feminist theory Nathan a feminist herself seems to assert that this moral panic was simultaneously a reaction against feminism and a conseuence of overreacting feminists I didn't get it necessarily since it seems likely that this was the result of Reagan's neoconservatism a combination of religious fundamentalism and anti intellectualism than anything elseOverall it's a flawed but important work yet it's hard to escape the notion that a better exhaustive and less ideological account is waiting to be written Until then this is the best place to learn about what happens when people become so swept up in fear that they ignore reason altogether a continual danger in cultures all over the world