From the Author
A few reformers from law enforcement and mental health in the 1970's started a new movement, one that sought to broaden the scope of child protection to include victims of sexual exploitation...profound mistakes were made from the beginning but few people dared to notice. These were not just the kind of shortcomings we expect in any large, bureaucratic undertaking. They were mistakes at the very heart of what was being proposed and implemented. They were mistakes in theory and thinking, the kind which are bound to lead even the most dedicated and caring persons into practices that harm children rather than protect them. These mistakes, the reasons behind them, the consequences both for children and for the justice system, and what we believe is the solution, are the substance of this manual.
If it is disgusting to think of a child being used by an adult for sex, it should be equally abhorrent to think of a child being trained to believe things that never happened, especially when this leads to the destruction of a central relationship in the child's life. Child protection agencies have a duty to protect children from this form of abuse as well.
About the Author
For nearly three decades, Dr. Lee Coleman has studied the misuse of psychiatry and medicine in the courts. His first work in this area was the book, "The Reign of Error" published by Beacon Press. He also was an expert witness in the infamous McMartin Preschool Case, an expert witness in the Bakersfield Satanic Ritual Cases, and a consultant in the Little Rascal the Preschool Case. He has appeared on television on Larry King Live, American Justice, Today Show, and countless others.
For over two decades, Patrick Clancy, a Certified Criminal Law Attorney, has represented adults who have been falsely accused of child molestation. He is a frequent lecturer at attorney training syminars on the defense of those falsely accused of child sexual abuse. He and Dr. Coleman produced a documentary "Making Memories" on the recovered memory movement that was shown on PBS. He was also published by the American Bar Association on the subject of false allegations of sexual abuse.