Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Book on abuse witch-hunts

A reader asks about Dorothy Rabinowitz's 2004 book, No Crueler Tyrannies : Accusation, False Witness, and Other Terrors of Our Times. From the reviews:
Wall Street Journal editorialist Rabinowitz has collected her stories on false accusations of sex crimes into one harrowing account of failed justice. ...
But she presents her cases expertly -- so well that her stories helped reverse the convictions of five people, which in turn helped her win the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. ... The book is full of stories like this about ludicrous allegations that were taken seriously by people who should have known better. The last two decades were the heyday of the sexual-abuse witch-hunts, and this book provides a valuable record of that dark, bizarre time. ... Pseudo educated psychologists were able to present junk science theories to juries that should have never been allowed into the courtroom. Heck, in most cases, the initial suspicions concerning the suspects should have been dismissed by the police after no more than a few hours investigative work.
The witch hunts are not over. Someone will write a book about how Santa Cruz and other counties are taking away kids from good parents based on unfounded allegations of emotional abuse. It will eventually be recognized that we still live in a dark bizarre time where pseudo educated psychologists were able to present junk science theories.

Just as in Rabinowitz's book, the evidence is on the public record and the truth is plain to see for anyone with a modicum of common sense. Those who stood up for truth and justice will be recognized as heroes, and others will be disgraced.

1 comment:

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