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={J. Wood and D. Nathan and Richard D. Beck and Keith N. Hampton},
  journal={Journal of Interpersonal Violence},
  year={2017},
  volume={32},
  pages={897 - 925}
}
  • J. Wood, D. Nathan, +1 author Keith N. Hampton
  • Published 2017
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of Interpersonal Violence
  • 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… CONTINUE READING

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