How hysterical parents, incompetent therapists and malicious
destroyed the lives of seven innocent North Carolinians – and
have yet to admit they were wrong
Who killed the ritual abuse day care panic?
April 9, 2012
“Where do epidemics go when they die?.... Have all the sadistic pedophiles closed down their day-care centers?”
– From “Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me)” by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson
I asked Mary de Young, author of “The Day Care Ritual Abuse Moral Panic,” whether this epidemic might have gasped its last in Edenton as a result of “Innocence Lost.”
“Ofra Bikel certainly pounded a nail in its coffin,” De Young said. “Her excellent work on the Little Rascals case appeared after the last day care ritual abuse case was prosecuted, but she created a reason to be profoundly skeptical of all the cases that came before.
“I would give a lot of credit to Debbie Nathan (Village Voice) and Dorothy Rabinowitz (Wall Street Journal) for bringing an end to this craziness, but to be honest I think the moral panic really collapsed under its own weight – i.e., it was impossible to sustain these allegations in the absence of evidence, as well as to sustain the suspended disbelief that was required.”