By: David Bloomberg Re: Satanic Panic Lawsuit (File: SP-SUIT.ZIP) To: MIT.EDU!witchhunt Su

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By: David Bloomberg Re: Satanic Panic Lawsuit (File: SP-SUIT.ZIP) From: romulus.ehs.uiuc.edu!u.washington.edu!RJB To: MIT.EDU!witchhunt 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.

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