The Sexual Abuse Paradigm in Historical Perspective: Passivity and Emotion in Mid-Twentieth-Century America

  title={The Sexual Abuse Paradigm in Historical Perspective: Passivity and Emotion in Mid-Twentieth-Century America},
  author={Beryl Satter},
  journal={Journal of the History of Sexuality},
  pages={424 - 464}
  • Beryl Satter
  • Published 2003
  • Psychology
  • Journal of the History of Sexuality
WHAT MORE CAN HISTORIANS say about the sexual abuse recovery movement of the 1980s and 1990s? Its rise and fall are now well known. In the early 1980s Americans were shocked to learn that incest and child sexual abuse, formerly believed rare, were widespread. Mandatory reporting laws were passed. Statistics skyrocketed, with the percentage of American women who were "survivors of childhood sexual trauma" estimated 
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