Archive for the ‘Sex Panic’ Category

Is Jerry Sandusky Innocent?

Saturday, January 6th, 2018

Trial by Therapy:

The Jerry Sandusky Case Revisited

“Can a sustained, comprehensive case be made for that inference? [That Sandusky is innocent] It already exists, in a book that was rejected by every major publisher and finally issued in November 2017 by the modest Sunbury Press of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Until now the work has been almost entirely ignored by reviewers. Yet it comes with the strong endorsement of a world-renowned psychologist and memory expert, Elizabeth Loftus, and a leading expert on coercive interrogation methods and false confessions, Richard A. Leo. If they are right, Mark Pendergrast’s 391-page The Most Hated Man in America: Jerry Sandusky and the Rush to Judgment can erase the shame of both Penn State and Sandusky, who languishes in solitary confinement, for 22 hours a day, in a maximum-security state prison.”

Read the review by Frederick Crews of Mark Pendergrast’s provocative and important new book in Skeptic.

An Empty Manger

Monday, December 25th, 2017

A Christmas prison post from my friend, Gunther Fiek:

An Empty Manger

After 28 years wrongly imprisoned for child molestation, man’s case dismissed

Friday, December 15th, 2017

“Young also said that he harbors no anger toward his accusers — who were 5 and 6 years old when they accused him of molesting them, only to later recant and confess that it was their mother’s boyfriend who harmed them, not Young. They were afraid of the boyfriend, records show, so they accused Young instead.”

Read the article by Tresa Baidas in the Detroit Free Press.

Sex Registries as Modern-Day Witch Pyres

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

“Perhaps the most irrefutable statement that can be made about modern day America is this: we have a penchant for putting people in cages. More than any other nation on the planet, we rely on incarceration as the fix for our social ills.”

Read the article by Guy Hamilton-Smith in Injustice Today.

Will Feminism’s Past Mistakes Haunt #MeToo?

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

“The last couple of months also echo a troublesome history, however, whose legacy persists in the law and the Zeitgeist. “When does a watershed become a sex panic?” Masha Gessen asked recently in the New Yorker. The answer: what we are witnessing are not the omens of a looming sex panic; they are the symptoms of the one we are already in, and have been in for forty years.”

Read the rest of this thoughtful analysis bu NCRJ Director Judith Levine in the Boston Review.

Help us fight for Reason, Justice, and Real Child Protection

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

Dear Friends,

Victor Rosario spent 32 years behind bars in Massachusetts for arson and homicide of eight people, including five children. Fran and Dan Keller were locked up in Texas for 21 years for “satanic ritual abuse” at their daycare center.

All are innocent. This year Fran and Dan were exonerated. Victor moved a step closer to true freedom.

NCRJ was there for them—the Kellers since 2002, Rosario since 2007—with money, expertise, and practical and moral support. When almost no one would help anyone accused of a crime against children, you were there too.

We helped free the first person falsely accused in the child abuse panics, Bernard Baran, and hopefully the last, the San Antonio Four.

NCRJ will keep working for justice for people wrongfully convicted of crimes against children.

We cannot do it without your support. Before the year is out, please help us with $25, $50 or more.

The child-protection panics live on in the expanding regime of unjust, draconian punishment and control over the lives of “sex offenders,” who range from flashers to consensual teenage lovers to violent rapists.NCRJ fights against ineffective, draconian criminal policies:

  • sex offender registries that masquerade as child protection yet wreck individuals’ and families’ lives.
  • indefinite involuntary civil commitment of offenders, after completion of prison sentences, to prevent crimes they might commit.

We circulate the evidence that these policies do not protect children.

Like you, NCRJ supports child protection that is rational, constitutional, and compassionate. Like you, we want justice, both for the innocent and the guilty.

This work is rarely popular. That’s why your support is critical, courageous, and powerful.

Please help with a gift of $50, $100, or more.

Consider becoming a sustaining donor—to ensure that NCRJ is here as long as we’re needed.

For justice, and with gratitude,


Michael R. Snedeker for the NCRJ Board of Directors

Children on Sex Offender Registries Are Suicide Risks

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

“The most troubling findings, the authors say, pertained to suicidal intent and victimization experiences. The study found that registered children were four times as likely to report a recent suicide attempt in the last 30 days, compared to nonregistered children. Registered children were nearly twice as likely to have experienced a sexual assault and were five times as likely to have been approached by an adult for sex in the past year. Registered children also reported higher rates of other mental health problems, more peer relationship problems, more experiences with peer violence and a lower sense of safety.”

Read the news release from Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse at Johns Hopkis University.

NY top court gives Jesse Friedman partial victory

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Friedman’s Manhattan attorney, Ronald Kuby, called the decision “an emphatic triumph for the principles of open government” and the wrongfully convicted, who he said “will have a far easier task obtaining essential documents.”

His statement also called the ruling “a stinging rebuke to successive Nassau County district attorneys, who first created a moral panic over nonexistent sex abuse allegations and then tried to create a moral panic as to the consequences of releasing the documents that demonstrate prosecutorial misconduct.”

Read the article by Yancey Roy and Bridget Murphy in Newsday.

A new prison post from my friend, Gunther Fiek

Monday, November 27th, 2017

Inside the Fence

What Jury Found Kevin Spacey Guilty?

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

“Is Kevin Spacey a criminal sexual molester? I don’t know. Neither do you, unless you were actually molested by him, or, it seems, unless you’re the Boston Globe. ‘This Was A Criminal Act,’ the Globe headline blared, repeating former local news anchor Heather Unruh’s claim that Spacey groped her son at a bar in Nantucket last summer. The single quotes around the claim that Spacey is a criminal (who has yet to be indicted except in the media) don’t mitigate the headline’s clear presumption of guilt. They simply allow the Globe to level a sensational accusation while pretending to present an unbiased account of one.”

Read the commentary by Wendy Kaminer at WGBH News.