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By Silence Betrayed: The Sexual Abuse of Children in America Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 267 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown & Co (T); 1st edition (January 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316160946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316160940
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,012,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Recounting widely publicized and controversial cases of child sexual abuse, Chicago Tribune Los Angeles bureau chief Crewdson, author of The Tarnished Door, presents an overview of child victimization, "one of the most pressing problems faced by this society." Scores of molesters and victims interviewed here, including pedophiles and participants in incest, describe how they entered into a sexual relationship willingly or unwittingly, and how it affected their lives and families. Many of the estimated 38 million men and women who claim to have been sexually abused as children are now themselves abusers, according to Crewdson. He maintains that today's social and economic conditions, including the great number of children in child care centers, contribute to the increase in sexual abuse, and that such cases are difficult to prove because of the youth of the witnesses. He also discusses treatment of abusers and factors that impede prevention and the reporting needed to combat this problem.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Book Hound on December 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book should not be relied on for any academic papers or presentations. It has many errors, especially concerning the McMartin Preschool Case in the 1980s. The author appears to have bought into the ritual child abuse conspiracy theories of the 1980s. The book is well written, which makes it inherently more dangerous to the unsuspecting reader.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Ferren on January 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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Although there is a full chapter about the McMartin case it still is very valuable to anyone who has been abused. It helped me immeasurably to understand two things. It helped me to understand the pathos of my father and mother and took the mystery out of what I experienced. Take from it what you will. Academically it can help you to help others. Wasn't that the purpose?
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By Reade Rogers on April 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover Amazon Verified Purchase
I found "By Silence Betrayed" to be an outstanding work on the problem of child abuse. Crewdson states in the introduction that he is stumped as to what the solutions might be but believes the problem should be outlined for the general public none the less. I think the solution is awareness and Crewdson does make a compelling case for child abuse being a secret problem of massive proportions. In several chapters he details several of the daycare abuse cases of the 80s and covers all angles of the cases and the pitfalls encountered by the prosecution. Crewdson takes a very measured and balanced approach in explaining the daycare cases. His treatment of the daycare angle alone is woth the price of the book. Child abuse is a unique and, by its nature, secret problem that most of us would prefer to ignore. Awareness and open dialog about abuse is the only way such activities will ever be curtailed.
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