Beatrix Campbell

A society in which adults are estranged from the world of children, and often from their own childhood, tends to hear childrenís speech only as a foreign language, or as a lie. . . . Children have been treated . . . as congenital fibbers, fakers and fantasisers.

Sexual abuse of children now presents society with the ultimate crisis of patriarchy, when children refuse to protect their fathers by keeping secrets.

Childrenís bodies arenít like automobiles with the assailantís fingerprints lingering on the wheel. The world of sexual abuse is quintessentially secret. It is the perfect crime.

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