Dating violence among college students
But the news media seized on the story, and paranoia about Satanic Cults became a national epidemic.Parents were already on edge: advocacy groups, politicians, and the media had warned that nearly 50,000 children were being abducted by strangers, and 4,000 of them murdered, every year.She was charged with lying to police for filing a false report, and fled the state. Here is a partial list of young men who have recently filed lawsuits against their schools for what appear to be gross mistreatment in campus sexual assault tribunals: Drew Sterrett—University of Michigan, “John Doe”—Swarthmore, Anthony Villar—Philadelphia University, Peter Yu—Vassar, Andre Henry—Delaware State, Dez Wells—Xavier, and Zackary Hunt—Denison.
In August 1983, an anguished mother reported to the police that her 2-year old son had been horrifically abused in the Mc Martin preschool in Manhattan Beach, California.
She described a network of underground tunnels where school staff had sodomized her child and forced him to watch animal sacrifices.
The mother was mentally disturbed and her story had no basis in reality.
When a few civil libertarian feminists—Carol Tavris, Wendy Kaminer, Ellen Willis, and Debbie Nathan—tried to blow the whistle on the witch-hunt, they were vilified by the conspiracy caucus as backlashers, child abuse apologists, and “obedient ‘daddies’ girls of male editors.” From the start of the scare in 1983 until its ending in the mid-1990s, untold numbers of children were subject to manipulative therapies and hundreds of innocent adults faced charges of ritual child abuse.
Several of the accused would spend years in prison for crimes that never happened.