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Satan's Silence: Ritual Abuse and the Making of a Modern American Witch Hunt by [Nathan, Debbie]
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About the Author

Debbie Nathan is a nationally published journalist whose award-winning critiques of ritual sex abuse prosecutions appear in her essay collection, Women and Other Aliens. She lives in New York. Michael Snedeker practices law in California. Author of a novel (Down in the Valley) and a handbook of prison law, he lives in Portland, Oregon.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 336 pages
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  • Publisher: iUniverse (26 Jun. 2001)
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  • Language: English
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A rare, objective and scholarly review of events surrounding a child abuse scare that led to several people being persecuted and imprisoned despite the lack of real evidence. There are many parallels with the Salem witch trials. Everyone should read this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good book but gets lost in the psychology. 13 Nov. 2015
By Patrick W. E. Walker - Published on Amazon.com
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Watched the James Woods film Indictment and wanted to know more about his subject. Turns out it didn't exaggerate at all. Some of it is forgivable, if a bunch of noted doctors tell you that the children show physical signs of abuse and the psychologists of the day tell you it is impossible for kids to lie about these things then obviously you are going to arrest and prosecute the alleged abusers. People didn't realise the medical evidence was flawed and how easily kids could be influenced by suggestive interviews (the extracts from the interviews are HORRIFYING in their bias and leading nature). But when you can't find ANY corroborating evidence it's time to have second thoughts, my suspicion is they couldn't simply because of the press hysteria which meant they couldn't admit their doubts having started this circus. And sending a letter out to the parents was the dumbest idea ever, what did they think was going to happen?
When it deals with the trials this book is excellent. Where it falls down is its' attempts to deal with the psychological aspects of it all, it should have simply stuck to the reality of the investigations and the trials. Perhaps one of the most shocking things is the attitude to incest as late as the 70s where it was seen as a mental health issue where abusers were offered therapy rather than being prosecuted and psychologists seemed to blame neglectful wives for their abandoned husbands seducing their daughters as a substitute partner. Thankfully things have changed. The book is also a little out of date with thankfully virtually everyone it mentions in the Kern County cases etc having been released.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent book on the moral panic of the 1980s 1 Jun. 2015
By Benjamin Breece - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent book on the moral panic of the 1980s. Judging by the title, I expected it to go more into the alleged Satanic Ritual Abuse and alleged Satanic conspiracies that everyone was terrified of. It did get into the alleged SRA. However, the focus of the book was on the alleged child sexual abuse rings. And these often, but not always, included SRA allegations. So, I knocked off one star for that. However, the book itself is the result of a very extensive and well-documented investigation. She does an excellent job of not only discussing not only the panic itself, but goes back a couple of decades to show how changes in society and the legal system inadvertently created an environment where this type of moral panic could develop. This book was published as that panic was winding down. I would like to see a more updated version that gives more information on the aftermath and things to watch out for today. I was a young kid when all this happened, so I remember it, but did not fully understand it at the time. I think society has developed a sense of collective amnesia about this. But, I believe it is very important to study. It is absolutely insane how big this grew. The religious leader, talk shows, social activists, and even the police all told the public that these things were really happening. A number of people were even tried and convicted without even one piece of physical evidence. But, in the end, none of it was real. Yes, child molesters exist. But, time and time again, when people finally started to seriously investigate the allegations, the evidence indicated that there were no child sex rings and SRA rings. "Survivors" came forward all over the country and told about all of the terrible things that had happened to them, but the physical evidence consistently contradicted their stories. Doctors testified in court that the children had been raped and tortured, but their investigative methods were proven to be bogus. Everyone "knew" what was happening, and never demanded proof. The lesson we need to learn is be skeptical and demand real evidence the next time everyone insists that some group is out to get us and will destroy our culture and civilization. And no, a few sickos and psychopaths aren't evidence of a vast conspiracy. We need to learn to be more skeptical, even when the police are arresting people for participating in said vast conspiracy. It may still be all in our heads.
4.0 out of 5 stars but a good glimpse into a frankly puzzling period in our past 28 Jun. 2016
By Jen Cole - Published on Amazon.com
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Dark subject matter, but a good glimpse into a frankly puzzling period in our past. Very dated in material and comprehension, this offers a contemporary insight.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting material but far from impartial 18 Mar. 2017
By John Pappas - Published on Amazon.com
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Ok read but it reads such that you can't miss the overtone of bias with which the author employs with her word usage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative 14 Dec. 2016
By Laraine Stern - Published on Amazon.com
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VERY interesting book
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