Thank you for sharing this.
I remember these accusations going around all over the country. Satanic rituals performed at daycare centers. The claims got more and more bizarre. But the mantra of the era was "children don't lie about these things." And all of the experts agreed.
Here is a fascinating article about the folks accused and imprisoned in this case.http://www.statesman.com/news/news/local/fran-keller-to-be-freed-in-satanic-abuse-case/nb5S2/
The story starts out with a 3 year old girl telling her mom that her daycare provider had pooped on her head, and poked her pee pee area with a pen. The kid, who apparently had outstanding issues to begin with, was on her way to see her therapist. The therapist was very interested, and asked the kid more and more questions. In the days and weeks that followed, two other toddlers chimed in, talking about blood being poured in kool aid and being forced to dismember cats and dogs and even a baby. The children also reported being put on an airplane, several times, flown to Mexico, where they were sexually abused, and then returned to the daycare center in time for mom and dad to pick them up.
Now, I just have to state that before I was a mom, I KNEW for a fact that no child of mine would ever be obsessed with poop and pee.
But I was wrong. My kid, at 3, talked about poop and pee all the time. Sometimes indignantly. Sometimes as a joke. She often came home with stories pertaining to poop and pee. If my daughter, at that age, had reported that her daycare provider had "pooped on her head," quite frankly, I would not have believed it. Now child abuse is real, and it happens, and if she reported being poked with a pen in her vaginal area, I would have gotten concerned. But 3 year olds talk about poop and pee pee and they are fascinated by their genitals, and they talk about this stuff much more than most parents are willing to admit.
And then there is this whole "children don't lie" stuff. Again, I would have sworn to you that my daughter would never lie to me. But kids have a real active fantasy life. They just do.
I remember one day picking up my then 2 1/2 year old daughter from daycare. It was a snowy day, and I asked her if she had gone out to play in the deep snow. Yes! she exclaimed. I was delighted that the grandmotherly daycare provider had taken the 4 or 5 kids out in the snow. My daughter went on to tell me that they had a snow ball fight, and they built a snowman, and they even made snow angels. I looked down at her cotton pants, (I hadn't put her in snowpants that day) and they were not wet or dirty. Snow angels?
The story seemed a bit improbable. But it went on. I asked her WHO had gone out in the snow, (some kids arrived much later than others) and she said that she had gone out with another 2 year old and a 3 year old. I asked about the daycare provider, and an older boy. No my daughter explained. They had stayed upstairs making lunch. Soup. She went on with more very specific details.
Now I KNOW that my daycare provider had not sent 3 toddlers out onto an urban street
, unaccompanied, to play in the snow. 3 toddlers who somehow managed to not even get dirty or wet.
Kids make up stories. I don't see how anyone with kids, or anyone who works professionally with kids, can claim that kids don't make up stories.
Again, abuse, neglect, and even sexual abuse are real. They happen. But when the stories of abuse start with the daycare provider pooping on the toddler's head, and end with frequent same-day round trip flights to Mexico, and being forced to dismember babies, I cannot imagine a parent or a child professional who doesn't suspect some fantasy story telling going on.
My heart aches for these people, who lost decades of their lives because of this witch hunt.