Communities throughout the United States were convulsed in the 1980s and early 1990s by accusations, often without a shred of serious evidence, that respectable men and women in their midst—many of them trusted preschool teachers—secretly gathered in far reaching conspiracies to rape and terrorize children. In this powerful book, Debbie Nathan and Mike Snedeker examine the forces fueling this blind panic.
Debbie Nathan is a nationally published journalist whose award-winning critiques of ritual sex abuse prosecutions appear in her essay collection, Women and Other Aliens. She lives in New York.
Michael Snedeker practices law in California. Author of a novel (Down in the Valley) and a handbook of prison law, he lives in Portland, Oregon.