The Day Care Ritual Abuse Moral Panic
In the United States during the early 1980s, hundreds of day care providers were accused of sexually abusing their young charges in satanic rituals that included blood drinking, cannibalism, and human sacrifice. The panic surrounding the ritual abuse of children has spread quickly to Canada, Europe, and Australasia, and its rapid dispersion has been unimpeded by international investigations that found no evidence to corroborate the allegations and warned that a moral panic was thrusting them into professional public attention. This work is a sociologically based analysis of the day care ritual abuse panic in America. It introduces the concept of moral panic and analyzes its relevance to the ritual abuse scare, explores the ideological, political, economic, and professional forces that fomented the panic, discusses the McMartin Preschool case as the incident that brought attention to satanic menaces and children, and examines the dialect between the various interest groups that stirred up and spread the moral panic and the day care providers accused of ritual abuse. Also covered are the popular culture representations of day care ritual abuse, the diffusion of the scare to areas overseas, the institutionally symbolic and ideologically contradictory social ends of the panic, and the outcomes of the panic in various settings. The book ends with a discussion of moral panic theory and how it needs to be changed for a complex, multi-mediated postmodern culture, and what lessons can be learned from the scare.
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An excellent, after the fact summary of the satanic ritual abuse moral panic from a sociological perspective. Well-referenced, well-researched, comprehensive, and published by an excellent publisher with a very good reputation. One in a series of books sealing the case that there was nothing to allegations of satanic ritual abuse except a bunch of religious fundamentalists with millennial fin-de-siecle concerns, a whole bunch of poorly-trained social workers and lots of psychotherapists perfectly willing to spend days, sometimes months, forcing a child to confess to events that never happened. Highly recommended.
My name is Diana Napolis and I am mentioned in Ms. De Young's book, "The Day Care Ritual Abuse Moral Panic," on pg.234 in a derogatory manner. I would like to make the following corrections:
1) Ms. De Young claims that I was on a "mission" to unmask all those involved in a "satanic conspiracy." I never wrote that on the internet. At that time I was publicizing the results of my research about the satanic ritual abuse of children. My archive of cases can be found at
2) Ms. De Young claims a pair of "cybersleuths" unmasked my identity. In fact I was being stalked in San Diego by a satanist who was attempting to discover my identity for her cult group after which I was brutally targeted with nonlethal technology. I recently filed a Federal lawsuit suing several people because of this invasion of privacy. The 190 page lawsuit can be found at http://members.cox.net/legalfed/NapolisvAquino.pdf
3) Ms. De Young stated that I had "harangued" Steven Spielberg with
telephone calls. In fact, I never spoke to Mr. Spielberg or made personal contact with him. There was a lot of mis/disinformation about my court case and I have corrected some of these misrepresentations on my web page http://diananapolis.wordpress.com
It is my opinion that this book obviously attempts to minimize that satanic ritual abuse exists. Therefore, I wouldn't recommend it, except as a blatant example of an attempted cover-up of Michael Aquino's case as well as other ritual abuse cases.
List of Tables
The Devil Goes to Day Care
Signs and Symptoms of Ritual Abuse
Enter the ChildSavers
Contrasts and Comparisons Between Symptom Lists
Betwixt and Between
Sample of 22 American Day Care Ritual Abuse Cases
Demonizing Defiant Folk Devils
Open Court v Shielded Testimony of Children in the Criminal Trials of 26 Providers
Verdicts and Sentences in Day Care Ritual Abuse Trials
Appeal Decisions in Day Care Ritual Abuse Trials
The Devil Goes Abroad
Sample of European and Australasian Ritual Abuse Cases
Examples of Public Inquiries into International Ritual Abuse Cases
When All Is Said and Done
Brief Summary of Three Ritual Abuse Laws
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