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The Backlash

The Backlash
Child Protection Under Fire

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Child Protection

144 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This controversial work counters the forces that are discrediting allegations and suppressing recognition of the alarming incidence of child abuse in our society. John Myers brings together the work of experts to make the volume crucial reading for anyone concerned with this critical debate.

The book begins with an historical and sociological exploration of the issue. The Backlash then focuses on the experiences of various public bodies charged with child protection, such as Child Protective Services in the United States and their opponents, for example Victims of Child Abuse Laws (VOCAL). The volume also examines the backlash in Europe with a case study from The Netherlands and concludes with a survey of backlash literature and recommendations for responding to this attack on child protection.

David Finkelhor
The 'Backlash' and the Future of Child Abuse Advocacy
Insights from the Study of Social Issues

John E B Myers
Definition and Origins of the Backlash against Child Protection
Sylvia Pizzini
The Backlash from the Perspective of a County Child Protective Services Administrator
Lesley Wimberly
The Perspective from Victims of Child Abuse Laws - VOCAL
Charles Wilson and Susan Caylor Steppe
Backlash and Child Protective Services from the Perspective of a State CPS Administrator
Karel Pyck
The Backlash in Europe
Real Anxiety or Mass Hysteria in The Netherlands? A Preliminary Study of the Oude Pekela Crisis

John E B Myers
The Literature of the Backlash
John E B Myers
Responding to the Backlash


John E. B. Myers

John E.B. Myers, J.D. is a Distinguished Professor and Scholar at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California. He is the author or editor of eight books and more than 100 articles and chapters on child maltreatment and his writing has been cited by more than 140 courts, including the United States Supreme Court. John is a frequent speaker at conferences, having made more than 400 presentations around the world. More About Author