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Richard Beck, We Believe the Children: A Moral Panic in the 1980s
Aug 6, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm| Free
n+1 editor Richard Beck discusses his new book We Believe the Children a look at the 1980s witch-hunt centered on childcare workers accused of sexual abuse.
About We Believe the Children:
During the 1980s in California, New Jersey, New York, Michigan, Massachusetts, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, Ohio, and elsewhere, day care 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. The dangers of babysitting services and day care centers became a national news media fixation. 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.