Hoaxes? “The Witch-Hunt Narrative” by Ross Cheit

What looks to be a very important new book by Ross Cheit, a Professor at Brown University, on supposedly bogus high-profile child sexual abuse cases in the 1980s and early 1990s came out this this past April.

Here’s a link to the publisher’s page (Oxford University Press) on the book.

According to the page’s description, the book:

“Empirically challenges the view that a series of high-profile cases in the 1980s and early 1990s were hoaxes

Shows how a narrative [the “witch-hunt 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.”

And here’s a link to Professor Cheit’s blog connected to the book.

I ordered a copy today; look forward to reading it.

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