The Denial of Child Abuse: The Rind et al. Controversy

In a recent issue of The Journal of Psychohistory (Sorotzkin, 2002) I discussed the tendency of most societies to deny that many of their children are abused (emotionally, physically, or sexually) by their parents or other adults. One example cited, is the recent scandal involving the Catholic Church. At first, the church hierarchy simply denied that any sexual abuse took place, in spite of the convincing evidence to the contrary. When the evidence became too overwhelming to deny they then claimed that while perhaps abuse did take place, it did little damage and shouldn’t obscure the good work the abusing priests did!! And besides, the whole scandal is simply a plot by the media to discredit the church.

 

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