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The texture of fear: Inside the mass hysteria of 1980s child sex abuse scares.

The texture of fear: Inside the mass hysteria of 1980s child sex abuse scares.

Writer Richard Beck explains how the mass moral panic around day care child abuse reflected America’s anxieties about the changing roles of work, motherhood and family in the 1980s, and the impact of the McMartin trial and similar cases on American society, from psychiatry and law enforcement to the second wave of feminism.

Richard is author of the new book We Believe the Children: A Moral Panic in the 1980s from PublicAffairs.

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