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1. “Nobody can tell what I suffer! But it is always so. Those who do not complain are never pitied.”

Tags : Complaints Histrionics Hysterics Irony Mrs Bennett Suffering
Author : Jane Austen
Source : Pride and Prejudice

2. “Although the terminology implies scientific endorsement, false memory syndrome is not currently an accepted diagnostic label by the APA and is not included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th ed.; American Psychiatric Association, 1994). Seventeen researchers (Carstensen et al., 1993) noted that this syndrome is a "non-psychological term originated by a private foundation whose stated purpose is to support accused parents" (p.23). Those authors urged professionals to forgo use of this pseudoscientific terminology. Terminology implies acceptance of this pseudodiagnostic label may leave readers with the mistaken impression that false memory syndrome is a bona fide clinical disorder supported by concomitant empirical evidence.(85)...... it may be easier to imagine women forming false memories given biases against women's mental and cognitive abilities (e.g., Coltrane & Adams, 1996). 86”

Tags : Accusation Bias Child Sexual Abuse Denial Of Child Abuse Diagnosis False Allegation False Memories False Memory Syndrome Gender Hysterical Hysterics Memory Wars Mental Health Pedophile Pseudodiagnostic Pseudoscience Rape Recovered Memories Repressed Memories Sexist Sexual Abuse Society Denial Stereotyping

3. “Blaming therapy, social work and other caring professions for the confabulation of testimony of 'satanic ritual abuse' legitimated a programme of political and social action designed to contest the gains made by the women's movement and the child protection movement. In efforts to characterise social workers and therapists as hysterical zealots, 'satanic ritual abuse' was, quite literally, 'made fun of': it became the subject of scorn and ridicule as interest groups sought to discredit testimony of sexual abuse as a whole. The groundswell of support that such efforts gained amongst journalists, academics and the public suggests that the pleasures of disbelief found resonance far beyond the confines of social movements for people accused of sexual abuse. These pleasures were legitimised by a pseudo-scientific vocabulary of 'false memories' and 'moral panic' but as Daly (1999:219-20) points out 'the ultimate goal of ideology is to present itself in neutral, value-free terms as the very horizon of objectivity and to dismiss challenges to its order as the "merely ideological"'. The media spotlight has moved on and social movements for people accused of sexual abuse have lost considerable momentum. However, their rhetoric continues to reverberate throughout the echo chamber of online and 'old' media. Intimations of collusion between feminists and Christians in the concoction of 'satanic ritual abuse' continue to mobilise 'progressive' as well as 'conservative' sympathies for men accused of serious sexual offences and against the needs of victimised women and children. This chapter argues that, underlying the invocation of often contradictory rationalising tropes (ranging from calls for more scientific 'objectivity' in sexual abuse investigations to emotional descriptions of 'happy families' rent asunder by false allegations) is a collective and largely unarticulated pleasure; the catharthic release of sentiments and views about children and women that had otherwise become shameful in the aftermath of second wave feminism. It seems that, behind the veneer of public concern about child sexual abuse, traditional views about the incredibility of women's and children's testimony persist. 'Satanic ritual abuse has served as a lens through which these views have been rearticulated and reasserted at the very time that evidence of widespread and serious child sexual abuse has been consolidating. p60”

Tags : Accused Alleged Rapists Child Abuse Child Sexual Abuse False Memories Feminist Hysterics Manipulation Offenders Organised Abuse Organized Abuse Pedophilia Ridicule Satanic Ritual Abuse Scorn Sexual Abuse Social Action Society Denial Victimised Women Victims Women S Movement Zealots
Source : Organised Sexual Abuse

4. “To take a specific example, a researcher in the Journal of Traumatic Stress interviewed 129 women with documented histories of child sexual abuse that occurred between the ages of 10 months and 12 years. Of those, 38 percent had forgotten the abuse. Of the remaining women who remembered, 16 percent reported that they had for a period of time forgotten but subsequently recovered their memories. [46] Thus, during that time a "false negative" recorded for those women. These are the sort of distinctions for which Elaine Showalter in Hystories: Hysterical Epidemics and Modern Media fails to account.”

Tags : Academic Research Child Sexual Abuse Elaine Showalter Epidemics False Memories False Negatives Feminists Hysterical Hysterics Incest Incestuous Misleading Pseudo Science Pseudoscience Recovered Memory Repressed Memories Repressed Memory Sexual Abuse Survivors Trauma Traumatic Stress Women Survivors
Author : Janet Walker
Source : Trauma Cinema: Documenting Incest and the Holocaust

5. “Roache's statement after his acquittal was dignified but his supporters were angry. They demanded to know why the case was ever brought, claiming that the actor was a victim of the "hysteria" created by revelations about Jimmy Savile. It's a curious conclusion to draw from a "not guilty" verdict; there are courtrooms where the conviction rate is 100 per cent but they tend to be in totalitarian states. In serious criminal cases in England and Wales, the rate is around 82 per cent, and I would be seriously worried if every defendant were to be found guilty.The Independent, 9 February 2014”

Tags : Alleged Child Sexual Abuse Conviction Court Historic Historic Child Abuse Historic Crime Hysteria Hysterics Injustice Justice Law Legal Not Guilty Paedophiles Pedophile Rape Rape Culture Trial Witch Hunt Witchunts
Author : Joan Smith

6. “The photograph, then, becomes a representation of a representation of a disease that represents. In other words, in order to produce the most perfect images of hysteria, the hysteric – a woman whose illness simulates the symptoms of other diseases – was transformed, through hypnosis, into an artificial hysteric who perfectly simulated the simulations of hysteria. The medical photograph becomes a copy of a copy of a copy, a representation so far removed from the original that all duplicitous traits, were easily erased, leaving the deranged and chaotic nature of the original far behind. The photograph succeeded in turning the hysteric into a wholly artificial being, literally a flat, framed, unmoving image.”

Tags : Hysteria Hysterics Image Photograph Women
Author : Asti Hustvedt
Source : The Decadent Reader: Fiction, Fantasy, and Perversion from Fin-de-Siècle France