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The Anatomy of a Panic

FMSF News Alert - June 1, 2015

Dear Friends,

On Monday June 1st , BBC Radio 4 will air the second of its two-part series, Ritual Sexual Abuse: The Anatomy of a Panic. A recording of the show will be available on the Radio 4 website immediately following the broadcast.

Part 1 is available here:


David Aaronovitch of The Times traces the powerful intellectual influences behind what he sees as one of the most important cultural shifts of the past 40 years: From a society in which accusations of sexual abuse were wrongly ignored to one in which the falsely accused were crushed by a system where the mantra was "victims must be believed."

Aaronovitch will examine the role played by unproven psychoanalytic theories which, from the 1980’s, spread from the world of therapists in Canada and the USA to social work, medicine, and then to law enforcement in Britain.

"The occult flame was kept aflame beyond the shores of America, kept aflame not least by what might be called the four key validating texts of recovered memory and ritual abuse: Sybil, The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), Michelle Remembers, and possibly the most influential of all - The Courage to Heal."

Includes commentary by:

Rosie Waterhouse: Investigative Journalist; Head of MA in investigative journalism at City University

Debbie Nathan: Investigative Journalist and Author

Roma Hart: Outspoken Former MPD patient, retractor

Richard McNally: Professor of Psychology, Harvard University

Pamela and J. Bean