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The Devil Goes to Day Care

September 26, 2007
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


Professor Mary de Young will be presenting her research on the hysteria surrounding the ritual abuse in the day care system, about which she authored the book entitled The Day Care Ritual Abuse Moral Panic. During the 1980s in the United States, hundreds of day care providers were accused of sexually abusing their young charges in the course of satanic rituals that included such ghastly acts as blood-drinking and infant sacrifice. In this presentation deYoung will examine the lapse of reason, the hysterically-pitched claims, and the absurd conspiracy theories that were part and parcel of what is widely recognized as one of the most pernicious moral panics in U.S. history–the ritual abuse of young children in day care.

Meetings are open to the Public

After the meeting, join us at Vitale’s Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

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About Mary de Young

Professor of Sociology, Grand Valley State University

Mary de Young is a professor of sociology at Grand Valley State University, whose research focuses on the nexus of trauma, culture and memory. She has published extensively on the nexus between trauma, culture and memory, and has presented scholarly papers both in this country and abroad. She is active in community organizations, and has testified often as an expert witness on sexual victimization. Prof. deYoung also is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress (B.C.E.T.S.). Her latest book is The Day Care Ritual Abuse Moral Panic published by McFarland and Co. (2004). de Young is also the author of The Ritual Abuse Controversy: An Annotated Bibliography and she is currently working on a new book titled, Madness, which explores how new definitions and diagnoses of madness arise during periods of social change. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.