A Response to Articles and Commentaries on The Witch-Hunt Narrative

  title={A Response to Articles and Commentaries on The Witch-Hunt Narrative},
  author={R. Cheit},
  journal={Journal of Interpersonal Violence},
  pages={1002 - 1023}
  • R. Cheit
  • Published 2017
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of Interpersonal Violence
The articles and comments in this issue bear out the enduring impact of The Witchhunt Narrative. There is not sufficient space to acknowledge or respond to most of this feedback. 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. This response also documents how Wood, Nathan, and others have misapplied the term ritual abuse, misstated the facts of many cases, and… Expand
A Response to “The Legacy of the Witch-Hunt Narrative”
The article takes the position that there is cause for optimism with these advances in systems responses, child forensic interviewing research, and multidisciplinary team and training approaches; some of these advances are related to the WHN. Expand
Demystifying ritual abuse - insights by self-identified victims and health care professionals
A modified narrative of “ritual abuse” as a (pseudo-)ideological, domestic and more violent subtype of organized child sexual abuse could enhance the credibility and visibility of ORA in science as well as in society. Expand
Psychiatric Impact of Organized and Ritual Child Sexual Abuse: Cross-Sectional Findings from Individuals Who Report Being Victimized
Results revealed a high psychic strain combined with an adverse health care situation in individuals who report experiences with ORA, and efforts are needed to improve health care services for individuals who experience severe and complex psychiatric disorders due to ORA in their childhood. Expand


Commentary About Cheit’s Witch-Hunt Narrative
  • E. Olafson
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of interpersonal violence
  • 2017
Ross Cheit’s lengthy study is strongest when he describes in detail the findings of his 13 years of research into the original records of the key “witch hunt” cases of the 1980s to set the recordExpand
A Critical Evaluation of the Factual Accuracy and Scholarly Foundations of The Witch-Hunt Narrative
It is concluded that TWHN is often factually inaccurate and tends to make strong assertions without integrating relevant scholarly and scientific information and should be approached with caution. Expand
A Narrative on The Witch-Hunt Narrative
  • F. Reamer
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of interpersonal violence
  • 2017
An overview of ethical questions pertaining to gathering information from very vulnerable individuals, informed consent, institutional review, protection of research participants, the use of deception and coercion, confidentiality and privacy, reporting research results, and conflicts of interest are provided. Expand
The Methodology of The Witch-Hunt Narrative
The methodology that underlies Cheit’s scholarship is examined and it is argued Cheit has not paid sufficient attention to the methods and methodology upon which he bases his claims. Expand
We Believe the Children: A Moral Panic in the 1980s
We Believe the Children: A Moral Panic in the 1980s Richard Beck. New York: PublicAffairs, 2015. 323 pp. $26.99Mention the term "witch-hunt" in American history and the replies would probably beExpand
Ethical standards, truths, and lies
  • B. Brand, Linda E McEwen
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of trauma & dissociation : the official journal of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation
  • 2016
This is an editorial about recent social and professional ethical developments that may signal attempts to arrive at truth about critical aspects of trauma after decades of lies and cover-ups. Expand
Child Witnesses: Translating Research into Policy.
This report provides an overview of the research On the testimony of young children in cases of sexual abuse, focusing on preschoolers' presumed suggestibility and the role of researchers and mentalExpand
The Legal System and Child Sex Abuse—Ross Cheit's The Witch‐Hunt Narrative: Politics, Psychology, and the Sexual Abuse of Children
  • C. Bowman
  • Psychology
  • Law & Social Inquiry
  • 2016
The prosecution of child sex abuse in cases involving very young children presents difficult problems for the justice system. Ross Cheit's book The Witch‐Hunt Narrative: Politics, Psychology, and theExpand
The Trouble With Blame: Victims, Perpetrators, and Responsibility
Dr Lamb, an assistant professor of psychology at Bryn Mawr College, attempts to bring balance to this emotionally overwrought subject in a clearly written, well-reasoned book. Expand
The Evidentiary Admissibility of Parental Alienation Syndrome: Science, Law, and Policy
Since 1985, in jurisdictions all over the United States, fathers have been awarded sole custody of their children based on claims that mothers alienated these children due to a pathological medicalExpand