The Huffington Post, by Ross Cheit
It’s a mythical number that skeptics never question. And it’s come up again and again in the national press for decades.
It’s purportedly the number of victims from the infamous child sexual abuse cases of the 1980s and 1990s. Not child victims, though. The victims are said to be adults who were falsely charged and often convicted of sexual abuse, victims of a witch-hunt.
…as the witch hunt narrative took root, prosecutors became increasingly reluctant to bring cases, the media sided with the defense, and children were less likely to be believed — all based on a narrative that is at its core inaccurate.