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We believe the children: a moral panic in the 1980s

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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. Children across the country painted a nightmarish picture of their abuse, some claiming they had been taken to graveyards, sometimes to kill animals, and sometimes to dig up bodies, which were removed from their coffins and stabbed. In some cases, investigators said that the abusers were filming the crimes on behalf of international child pornography rings. The dangers of babysitting services and day care centers became a national news media fixation, and legislatures took action to fend off the new threats facing the country's children. Of the many hundreds of people who were investigated in connection with day care and ritual abuse cases around the country, some 190 were formally charged with crimes, leading to more than 80 convictions. But, none of it happened. It was a decade-long outbreak of collective hysteria - on a par with the Salem witch trials"--
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subject_facetChild care workers -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Child sexual abuse -- United States -- History -- 20th century
False arrest -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Moral panics -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Ritual abuse -- United States -- History -- 20th century
title_displayWe believe the children : a moral panic in the 1980s
title_fullWe Believe the Children A Moral Panic in the 1980s
We believe the children : a moral panic in the 1980s / Richard Beck
title_shortWe believe the children
title_suba moral panic in the 1980s
topic_facetChild care workers
Child sexual abuse
False arrest
History
Moral panics
Nonfiction
Psychology
Ritual abuse