news items – Witch-Hunt Narrative challenged, McMartin Preschool case, Burton House children’s home, church diocese sues another

This week there were more articles about Ross Cheit’s soon to be published book, “The Witch-Hunt Narrative
Politics, Psychology, and the Sexual Abuse of Children,” the McMartin Preschool case, Burton House children’s home, First Nations youth death records, clergy abuse and increases in child abuse.

The Witch-Hunt Narrative
Politics, Psychology, and the Sexual Abuse of Children
Ross E. Cheit Oxford University Press
Empirically challenges the view that a series of high-profile cases in the 1980s and early 1990s were hoaxes
Shows how a 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
http://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-witch-hunt-narrative-9780199931224 http://goo.gl/2K8tuC

Panel Discussion: The Witch-Hunt Narrative: Politics, Psychology and the Sexual Abuse of Children
http://www.brown.edu/academics/taubman-center/events/panel-discussion-witch-hunt-narrative-politics-psychology-and-sexual-abuse-children
http://goo.gl/Ouitfq

Victim breaks 20-year silence over sex abuse only to be told he’d imagined it
Simon Whitter reported his years of trauma but was told his children’s home had never existed
A brave victim broke his 20-year silence over sex abuse he suffered as a child – only to be told by authorities that he’d imagined it.
….He was sent to Burton House children’s home in Manchester in 1986. There he was subjected to ritual sex abuse at the government-run home for boys.
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/simon-whitter-victim-breaks-20-year-3275050
http://goo.gl/qgd1Iw

B.C. to hand over 4,900 youth death records to TRC
The British Columbia government is expected Friday to give the Truth and Reconciliation Commission 4,900 death certificates of First Nations youth aged from four to 19 who died between 1870 and 1984.
http://aptn.ca/news/2014/03/27/b-c-hand-4900-death-records-trc/
http://goo.gl/4j3b78

Church diocese sues another over priest accused of sex abuse http://www.cbsnews.com/news/new-ulm-minnesota-church-diocese-sues-one-in-ireland-over-priest/ http://goo.gl/eczJlZ

Collapsed economy linked to abuse of women and children
The deteriorating economic situation in Zimbabwe is exacerbating violence against women and children….
In recent months there have been several reported cases across the country, highlighting the brutalisation of women and children through rape or ritualistic killings.
http://www.swradioafrica.com/2014/03/27/zimbabwe-collapsed-economy-linked-to-abuse-of-women-and-children/
http://goo.gl/vqEg0F

Child Abuse: The Deadly Cost of Inattention and Inaction
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bruce-lesley/child-abuse-the-deadly-cost_b_5029768.html
http://goo.gl/VfyGoX

Mexico finds 370 abandoned immigrant children
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/29/us-mexico-immigration-idUSBREA2S0KE20140329
http://goo.gl/15l9n8

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