By: David Bloomberg
Re: Satanic Panic Lawsuit
Subj: lawsuit against Jeffrey Victor, author of Satanic Panic
19 Jan 1995 08:51:56 -0800 (PST)
For your interest:
From the Chronicle of Higher Education, 6 January 1995, A12:
Jeffrey S. Victor probably thought he was doing
some good when he wrote his 1993 book, Satanic
Panic: The Creation of a Contemporary Legend,
debunking the existence of organized satanic
cults. Sensational charges of satanic ritual
abuse of children had surfaced with alarming
regularity in recent years, but an investigation
by Mr Victor of more than 60 reports of such
activities found no firm corroborating evidence.
In the book, he blames the recurrence of
satanic-cult scares on the work of "moral
crusaders" and others.
For his labors, Mr Victor, a sociologist at
Jamestown Community College, and his publisher,
Open Court Publishing Company, have been slapped
with a lawsuit by two women named in the book.
In Satanic Panic, Mr Victor describes the work of
Pamala Klein, a counselor based in St Louis who
works with children allegedly abused by satanists,
and Norma Howes, a British social worker who has
collaborated with Ms Klein in her anti-cult
efforts, as an example of the kind of activity
that can foment unwarranted belief in satanic
cults. The two women have charged Mr Victor and
his publisher with libel and invasion of privacy.
Mr Victor refused to speak publicly about the
lawsuit, except to say of his book that
"everything is fully documented." Ms Klein could
not be reached for comment.