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Children Disclosing Ritual Abuse
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Internet references:

bullet See: for information on a series of mass MVMO prosecutions which appear to have thrown innocent adults in jail, left hundreds of children with false memories of child abuse, and left many communities panic stricken. Information on the Witchhnt mailing list is also available at that site.

bullet A list of WWW sites dealing with Satanic Ritual Abuse and Childhood Sexual Abuse can be found at:

bullet Robert Todd Carroll, "Satanic ritual abuse (SRA)," The Skeptic's Dictionary, at:

bullet Menstuff publishes an essay which advocates belief in children's disclosures of Ritual Abuse. See:

bullet Jonathan G. Harris, "Fells Acres," at:

bullet Jonathan G. Harris, "SBFAQ (Should Be Frequently Asked Questions) about Little Rascals, the Ritual Sexual Abuse Hoax and its costs," at:

bullet Linda Goldston, "Experts disagree on ritual abuse as described by young children," San Jose Mercury News, 1998-APR-29, at:

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Articles in professional journals:

bullet S. J. Ceci,  and M.L.C Huffman, "How Suggestible Are Preschool Children? Cognitive and Social Factors," July issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 1997-JUL. Article reviewed at:

bullet Kathleen Faller, "Types of Questions for Children Alleged to Have Been Sexually Abused", The Advisor, Newsletter of APSAC*, (1990) 6(3)

bullet Dennis Reed, "Enhancing children's resistance to misleading questions during forensic interviews", The Advisor, Newsletter of APSAC*, (1993) 6(2)

bullet McBrien & Dagenbach, "The contributions of source misattributions, acquiescence and response bias to children's false memories," American Journal of Psychology, 1998-Winter, Volume 111, #4, Pages 509 to 528.

bullet Wood & Garven, "How sexual abuse interviews go astray: Implications for prosecutors, police and child protection services." Child Maltreatment, 2000-MAY, Volume 5, #2, Pages 109 to 118.

* APSAC is The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. Surface Mail: 407 South Dearborn, Suite 1300 Chicago, IL 60605. Telephones: (voice) 312-554-0166; (fax) 312-554-0919. Home page: Publications Email: at

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Books on child molestation:

bullet Caren Adams et al., "Helping your child recover from sexual abuse," University of Washington Press, (1992)  Read reviews or order this book safely from online book store
bullet Terence Campell, "Smoke and mirrors: The devastating effect of false sexual abuse claims," Perseus Press, (1998). Read reviews or order this book
bullet Stephen Ceci & Maggie Bruk, "Jeopardy in the Courtroom: A scientific analysis of children's testimony," American Psychological Association, (2000). Read reviews or order this bookThis book was largely responsible for changing child interview techniques across North America, and bringing an end to implanted memories of child abuse.
bullet Stephen Ceci & Helene Hembrooke, Eds., "Expert witnesses in child abuse cases: What can and should be said in court," American Psychological Association, (1998) Read reviews or order this book
bullet Lee Coleman, et al., "Has a child been molested?," Berkeley Creek Prod., (2000). Read reviews or order this book
bullet Astrid Heger, et al. Eds., "Evaluation of the sexually abused child: A medical textbook and photographic atlas," Oxford University Press, (2000). Read reviews or order this book
bullet Hagans Karthyrn et al,. "When your child has been molested: A parent's guide to healing and recovery," Jossey-Bass, (1998). Read reviews or order this book
bullet Dorothy Rabinowitz, "No Crueler Tyrannies: Accusation, False Witness, and Other Terrors of Our Times" Wall Street Journal Books, (2003). Read reviews or order this book"No Crueler Tyrannies recalls the hysteria that accompanied the child sex-abuse witch-hunts of the 1980s and 1990s: how a single anonymous phone call could bring to bear an army of recovered-memory therapists, venal and ambitious prosecutors, and hypocritical judges -- an army that jailed hundreds of innocent Americans." ( review)
bullet Brenda Scott, "Out of control: Who's watching our child protection agencies," Vital Issues Press, (1996) Read reviews or order this book
bullet Dean Tong, "Ashes to ashes, families to dust: False accusations of child abuse: A roadmap for survivors," Dean Tong, (1996). Read reviews or order this book
bullet Richard Wexler, "Wounded innocents: The real victims of the war against child abuse," Prometheus Books (1995). Read reviews or order this book
bullet Mary de Young, "The Day Care Ritual Abuse Panic," McFarland & Company, (2004). Read reviews or order this book "This work is a sociologically based analysis of the day care ritual abuse panic in America. It introduces the concept of moral panic and analyzes its relevance to the ritual abuse scare, explores the ideological, political, economic, and professional forces that fomented the panic, discusses the McMartin Preschool case as the incident that brought attention to satanic menaces and children, and examines the dialect between the various interest groups that stirred up and spread the moral panic and the day care providers accused of ritual abuse. Also covered are the popular culture representations of day care ritual abuse, the diffusion of the scare to areas overseas, the institutionally symbolic and ideologically contradictory social ends of the panic, and the outcomes of the panic in various settings. The book ends with a discussion of moral panic theory and how it needs to be changed for a complex, multi-mediated postmodern culture, and what lessons can be learned from the scare." ( review)
bullet Mary de Young, "The Ritual Abuse Controversy: An Annotated Bibliography," McFarland & Company, (2002). Read reviews or order this book. "This annotated bibliography dissects the [ritual abuse] literature, objectively and thoroughly annotates published articles, books and reports, legal opinions, and occasionally, thought-provoking newspaper and magazine articles. Chapters deal with the definition of ritual abuse, ritual abuse cases in the United States, cases in American families and neighborhoods, cases in Canada, Europe and Australasia, clinical features of ritual abuse in children and adults, the controversy's impact on professionals and systems, the controversy and American law, ritual abuse reports and narratives, and anthropological, folkloric and sociological perspectives." ( review)

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