Sex Hysteria: Stranger Than Fiction

I once wrote a novel “Revolt of the Children” about poor kids in Palermo who rebel against physical, sexual and emotional abuse. The abuse is dramatized, and the story is set “some time after World War Two.” (1)

How ironic that I would later witness even worse abuse in real life in contemporary Italy, at least indirectly by watching the videos of state employees interrogating children suspected of being the victims of sex crimes. I could never write a novel describing the gruesome mental torture that at least one 13-year-old girl recently suffered at the hands of three women: a state psychologist, a detective, and a prosecutor. Readers would vomit all over the pages.

Another little girl (12) was probably tortured too to solicit false accusations, but that video was cut before the accusations were made, obviously to hide the treatment she suffered. Both girls have subsequently recanted their claims of being sexually abused. A third little girl (9) who was taken away from her parents is still in state custody, so whatever she has suffered is yet to be discovered. An indication that this is not a unique case is that so far at least two local judges have read the transcripts of the videos, and neither noticed anything unusual.


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Sexual Saints and Sinners

Welcome to the land that invented witch hunts. Italy’s salvation from repeated pedo scandals in the Roman Catholic church is to accuse foreigners of being the worst witches. How convenient to have an American to hold up to scorn, instead of Italians defending themselves from the international suspicion that sexual exploitation of children was also invented in Italy.

Many Italians want and need to feel like they are not the evil monsters they appear to be in the foreign press. So hearing about an American who is supposedly almost as bad as the lonely priests who aren’t allowed to marry, is a welcome relief to the locals.

It’s tempting to blame this particular witch hunt on a rogue prosecutor exploiting the opportunity to advance her career, but the fact is that she isn’t the only individual who brought this plague on me. A police detective in the midst of her own mid-life crisis boasts that she conducted the initial investigation all by herself.

Nobody twisted the arm of the state psychologist either, who tortured the presumed child victims to solicit accusations against me. Nor was the cover-up of the torture possible without the assistance of a preliminary judge, and the state technicians who claim they were unable to copy or transcribe the videos of the torture for over a year “due to technical difficulties.” They still can’t manage to “recover” 11 minutes of the first child interrogation before any accusation was made. The video evidence of child torture doesn’t matter to the state anyway, because now that the video is finally available nobody in Italy will even acknowledge it or admit they saw the evidence.

The natural immunity of a witch hunt is that anybody who dares defend the alleged witch or claims that witches don’t really exist, is at risk of being prosecuted as a witch himself. A common strategy of inquisitors is to terrorize the public and isolate the accused from other people so an effective defense becomes impossible. Friends who have known me for 30 years are now afraid to be seen talking to me. If anybody complains about poor people’s children being taken away from their parents, the state can take your children hostage too as a threat to other potential critics.

About 15 years ago Italians were all too eager to believe the horrific accusations against the American student, Amanda Knox. The supposed evidence for her part in the grisly murder of fellow student Meredith Kercher was shamefully misrepresented by the Italian media, but many Italians simply wanted to believe the prosecutor’s fairy tale. Italians found something deeply satisfying about the story of a young and cute blood-thirsty American. They were even willing to throw her Italian boyfriend under the bus, Raffaele Sollecito, an even less likely “butcher.” Despite the eventual acquittals and several books detailing the absurdity of the prosecutor’s case, many Italians confide they still believe the pair was guilty as charged.

At least Amanda and Raffaele had close families to help them. In some ways the witch hunt against me is even worse than the prosecution of Amanda and Raffaele. This investigation began when I openly published a photo-documentary “Girl Becomes Woman” but that investigation went nowhere because there is no genital nudity whatsoever or any other suggestion of erotic or sexual intent. A few years later when I published my educational video “Buddy Massage,” there was finally a flimsy excuse for the state to violate the privacy of my home and confiscate my computer.

When that search turned out to be futile, the prosecutor became really desperate and accused my innocent child portraits and educational video of being “child pornography” anyway. Since child porn is in effect witchcraft, no respectable person will even ask to see the supposed evidence. In the nature of witch hunts, the accusation is proof enough. If the accused demands that the supposed evidence be carefully examined, the accuser need merely add more accusations. The general public are always lusting to hear dramatic accusations. Most consumers of mass media are not really interested in pesky details like evidence.

But the facts are well-documented. Around the same time that my innocent child portraits were accused of being pornographic, Palermo’s major daily newspaper published nearly identical images of nude and semi-nude children by a beloved Italian artist and photo-journalist, Letizia Battaglia, without a peep of criticism from any local moralists (1). A major national newspaper in Rome also published an article about the virtue of buddy massage in public schools in Italy and other countries! (2).

More recently another Italian produced a documentary video that includes two scenes of a naked child (front and rear views), and in one of those scenes he is touching himself. That video was shown to the public twice in the local film festival in the state university’s prestigious ancient locale (3). Rather than being subjected to any criminal investigation or prosecution, that officially approved video was awarded the prize of “Best Documentary” by the local Italian jury.

In another highly acclaimed film “Padre, Padrone” after a young boy is ordered to go out and sleep in the isolated pastures to guard the family’s sheep, his mother says: “What is your little pecker going to do all alone in the pastures?” We can imagine the family context of that rhetorical question.

There are also scenes of children simulating group masturbation and sex with farm animals. A scene in the original novel but not shown in the movie, describes little boys in their Italian classroom exposing themselves to their little female classmates. (4) The film won the Cannes Festival in 1977. There have been other blatantly sexual scenes with minors in other Italian movies and T.V., some of which are considered among the best art ever produced in Italy. (5)

Instead of being self-aggrandizing or far-fetched, maybe my paranoia about being a convenient American scapegoat in this highly scandal-sensitive European country might be right on the mark.


  1. “I Miei Occhi sulla Città” Gabriele Micciche. (Gattopardo, GDS Media, May 2017)
  4. “Padre Padrone” Gavino Ledda. (Maestrale, 2003)
  5. For example: “Amarcord” by Federico Fellini, which won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 1974.
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The Virtue of Hysteria

For years I’ve criticized the mass hysteria over child porn and child sex abuse, but I now realize I was wrong. Hysteria can actually be a good thing. If prudes are calm and rational they can be very persuasive, even when their words are superficial and dishonest, and their behavior is cruel and inhuman. But when such people behave hysterically, they appear downright stupid. Hysterical crusaders for a cause can be so pathetic that they almost make us feel sorry for them.

Some criminals are incredibly incompetent in getting themselves caught, but in this case state employees actually videoed themselves torturing minors to solicit accusations of sex abuse, as if “confessions” under torture are credible. Or maybe the interrogators thought nobody would notice that what they did is degrading and inhuman treatment in violation of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Actually the hysterics did try to hide some of the videos, and about 30 minutes of several videos are still “missing.” But the attempt to cover their tracks is transparently ridiculous. For example, the video of one interrogation was interrupted after 17 minutes, and then resumed 11 minutes later. The psychologist claimed the interruption was necessary to change the battery in the video recorder. In other words, the “professional” began the interrogation of three children, which could last three hours or more, with a battery sufficient for only 17 minutes, and then it took 11 minutes to change the battery! I am not a professional, but I can change a battery in 30 seconds.

All together there are about 10 interruptions in the videos. In cases where no accusations were made the videos were cut at the end while the child was still talking, which indicates an attempt to hide the last desperate attempts to coerce the children. In other cases the videos were cut before the accusations, at the same point near the beginning of the interrogation. Before the interruptions the conversation is about home, school, etc. Then after the interruptions all of a sudden the conversation has changed and the accusations are made. Worse, some of the interruptions are noted by the police officer who was present, but other interruptions are not, which indicates those videos were cut AFTER the interrogations were over. An awful lot of threats can be made in 11 minutes.

Aside from invalidating the evidence now, false accusations obtained under torture will eventually be recanted when the minors grow up and are no longer under threat of being taken away from their parents. Psychologists, social workers and their accomplices who torture children to solicit accusations of abuse might profit in the short term, but how many judges will put their own careers on the line to cover up the torture of children in order to protect the torturers? Sooner or later the hysterics and their accomplices will have to answer for the suffering they caused to innocent children, parents and others, possibly with multiple civil suits against the state for compensation.

Photo by Frank Adamo: Nussberger, Angelika. The European Court of Human Rights. Oxford University Press, 2020.

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Profiting from the Misery of Parents and Children

If three children were taken away from their parents four years ago, the state-funded group homes have already taken in 700,800 Euros (€160 per child per day), plus the earnings of psychotherapists (€120/hour), plus the sale of psychotropic drugs that the children are forced to take, plus the services of ambulance chasers and similar child “professionals.”

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Human Rights Violations, Italian Style

In recent years Italy has been accused of violating the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in thousands of cases, including violation of the prohibition against torture and inhuman or degrading treatment (Article 3). Out of the countless Italian appeals made to the ECHR in 2020, the court reached judgments in 17 of those cases. Italy was acquitted in 3 cases, and convicted in 14 cases, 5 of which specifically for violation of the right to a fair trial (Due Process). In 2021 there are already hundreds of requests for the Court to hear appeals from Italian citizens who are accusing Italy of having violated their fundamental human rights.

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Child Trafficking in Italy

The trial has begun for 24 state employees and other accomplices accused of soliciting false accusations of child abuse in order to take Italian children away from poor parents and then sell the kids in the “foster care” system.

According to Il Giornale, a mainstream newspaper in Italy’s biggest city, a social work supervisor was the center of the ring that included her friends and acquaintances eager to get their hands on somebody else’s children. The investigation began when a courageous prosecutor noticed a suspiciously high frequency of child abuse allegations in the small city of Bibbiano, near Modena.

The accused psychologists, social workers, and even a mayor are now facing 107 criminal charges, with hundreds of thousands of Euros having changed hands. The current scandal has led to publicity of similar recent cases in other Italian cities, as well as further revelations by adults who grew up in the Italian foster care system.

A man in Forteto reports that when he was a child he too was forced to falsely accuse his parents of abuse. So evidently this horrific practice has been going on for decades, if not longer. La “paladina” delle coppie gay “regista” degli affidi dell’orrore –

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Italy arrests 18 state employees for soliciting false accusations of child abuse

See also:—bibbiano–the-italian-town-of-%22stolen-children%22-.rJxg8TTobU.html

There have been similar scandals in other Italian cities, sparking outrage and calls to dismantle the foster care system. Here’s a video in Italian (you can turn on English subtitles):

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Child Sex Witch Hunts

Laboratory research on the reliability of children’s testimony has revealed several principles of good conduct to avoid soliciting false accusations (1). The voluminous scientific evidence has been available for more than 20 years and is widely known in North America and Europe (2,3,4). So how is it possible that in 2020, court-appointed experts in some jurisdictions still behave as though they’ve never heard of such newfangled ideas? (5)

Careful experiments have demonstrated that many children, and even some adults, are highly suggestible. Human memory is so malleable that with the passage of time many people can’t distinguish what actually happened to them from what a bad actor persuaded them after the fact. Even the experts themselves, including trial judges, are unable to distinguish between a child who is telling the truth from one who is claiming something that is demonstrably false.

Should we assume some psychologists or other legal experts are simply ignorant, and repeatedly taint children’s testimony unwittingly? In cases where the expert violates not one principle of good conduct but ALL of them, is there cause to suspect a deliberate attempt to help win convictions regardless of innocence or guilt?

The very minimum of good conduct requires that children be interviewed not interrogated. The interviewers should be clearly neutral, and never express any bias in front of the child. The interviewers should not selectively reinforce certain words or phrases to confirm their bias, let alone praise accusations and criticize denials. The interviewers should not make repeated suggestions. The interviewers should not introduce peer pressure. The interviewers should not emphasize their own power or authority over the child. The interviewers should not conduct repeated interviews long after the historical period in question, so that the children may eventually confuse what they actually experienced from what the interviewers suggested after the fact (errors of attribution).

There is clearly a popular ideology of children’s purity, and a crusade to censor any and all criticism of traditional anti-sex indoctrination. That ideology and crusade are a threat to the more fundamental rules of the presumption of innocence and due process in criminal justice. Let’s get our priorities straight. When a prosecutor or state psychologist even lie to a judge or try to hide what a child witness actually said, it isn’t “justice” that they seek. Where repeated violations of good conduct in child sex abuse investigations are tolerated in courts of law, the authorities have clearly regressed to the era of witch hunts.


  1. Ceci, Stephen J., and Bruck, Maggie. Jeopardy in the Courtroom: a scientific analysis of Children’s Testimony. (American Psychological Association, 1995.)
  2. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Protocol: Interview Guide (U.S.A. 2000).
  3. Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 Code of Practice (U.K. 1996)
  4. Linee Guida Nazionali per l’Ascolto del Minore Testimone (Rome, Italy 2010)
  5. The Interrogators

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Child Torture in Italy

There is documented evidence in at least one case that certain state employees tortured a child witness to solicit information, and there are several reasons to think that this is not a unique case but merely one instance of a pattern of conduct that has been going on for years in other cases as well. A preliminary judge had the evidence of child torture right in his hands but evidently he didn’t even see it, which indicates he sees similar cases so often he has become blind to the torture of children.

Another reason to believe there is a pattern of horrendous misconduct is that the videos of several interrogations of children were edited (cut) after the interrogations were over, obviously to hide the worst moments of degrading and inhuman treatment. Some of those videos were also hidden from the court records for more than a year. Nobody noticed that either.

Despite the clear judgment of the European Court of Human Rights that torture is NEVER justified, not even of adults, and not even to solicit information regarding very serious matters like organized crime or terrorism, child torture is being tolerated in Italy not only by the state perpetrators who do it, but also by some judges.

Despite 18 recorded threats against one child, the preliminary judge responded to the child’s attempt to recant by declaring angrily “I don’t believe anybody threatened you!” The preliminary judge in this documented case risks being accused himself of covering up the torture, or at least gross incompetence for failing to recognize it and do something about it.

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Jury Trial Denied to U.S. Teacher in Italy

The trial judge has refused my oral and written requests for a jury trial. According to Italian law, a jury trial is available only in cases where the possible sentence is life imprisonment. But since there are multiple charges against me, and considering my advanced age (68), the possible punishment in my case is in effect life imprisonment. Nonetheless, the judge dismissed my request.

As described in my previous posts, even though no parent or child came to the police voluntarily to report any crime, the hysterical investigation proceeded with “maximum urgency,” spiraling out of control and leading to the sadistic torture of at least one child. This case has called into question every child sex abuse conviction in Italy in the past, and legitimizes the torture of children in future inquisitions.

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