A Critical Evaluation of the Factual Accuracy and Scholarly Foundations of The Witch-Hunt Narrative

@article{Wood2017ACE,
  title={A Critical Evaluation of the Factual Accuracy and Scholarly Foundations of The Witch-Hunt Narrative},
  author={James M Wood and D. Nathan and Richard Beck and Keith N. Hampton},
  journal={Journal of Interpersonal Violence},
  year={2017},
  volume={32},
  pages={897 - 925}
}
We comment on The Witch-Hunt Narrative (TWHN) by Cheit. As its first hypothesis, TWHN argues that most of the famous ritual child abuse cases of the 1980s and 1990s were not really witch-hunts at all. In response, we criticize the TWHN definition of a witch-hunt as overly narrow and idiosyncratic. Based on the scholarly literature, we propose 10 criteria for identifying a witch-hunt. We rate four well-known ritual child abuse cases with these criteria and show they were classic witch-hunts. As… Expand
A Response to Articles and Commentaries on The Witch-Hunt Narrative
  • R. Cheit
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of interpersonal violence
  • 2017
TLDR
This response corrects an error that was identified by one commenter and it responds to questions raised by another commenter about my analysis of the “Concerned Scientists” brief. Expand

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