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The Backlash

The Backlash
Child Protection Under Fire

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July 1994 | 144 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
University of the Pacific, Stockton, California Although a vigorous battle has been waged to bring child sexual abuse to the forefront in our society, other forces have been at work to suppress recognition of child abuse and to discredit the allegations of young victims. In The Backlash, editor John E. B. Myers has gathered the expertise of major figures in the field to present a timely and thoughtful presentation of the backlash against child protection. Beginning with a historical and sociological perspective of the issue, The Backlash provides the reader with a thorough sampling of perspectives that include county CPS administration, state-level CPS administration, Victims of Child Abuse Laws (VOCAL), the experience of backlash in Europe, and a survey of backlash literature. This book is important for everyone concerned with child protection. Recommendations made by the authors will be of special interest to practitioners, agency administrators, researchers, prosecutors, law enforcement personnel, and policy makers. "This remarkable book 'a report from the front,' offers views from all sides." --Virginia Child Protection Newsletter "Myers presents a thoughtful analysis of the backlash against child protection, especially by those trying to convince the world that most allegations of child sexual abuse are false." --The Women's Advocate "This is a provocative book. Child protection has become a highly political issue and this is a very political book. All of these concerned with child protection issues will gain something from reading the material presented here, although reactions are likely to differ sharply. In many ways this is also a timely book, but its true significance will become apparent only with the benefit of hindsight, when child protection practices, and our understanding of the issues involved, have moved on from the present state of turmoil and confusion." --Neil Frude in Legal & Criminological

David Finkelhor
The 'Backlash' and the Future of Child Abuse Advocacy
Insights from the Study of Social Issues

John E B Myers
Definition and Origins of the Backlash against Child Protection
Sylvia Pizzini
The Backlash from the Perspective of a County Child Protective Services Administrator
Lesley Wimberly
The Perspective from Victims of Child Abuse Laws - VOCAL
Charles Wilson and Susan Caylor Steppe
Backlash and Child Protective Services from the Perspective of a State CPS Administrator
Karel Pyck
The Backlash in Europe
Real Anxiety or Mass Hysteria in The Netherlands? A Preliminary Study of the Oude Pekela Crisis

John E B Myers
The Literature of the Backlash
John E B Myers
Responding to the Backlash


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ISBN: 9780803954045