Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Radio interview: author Meredith Maran

In the 1980s, stories of child sexual abuse were all over the headlines - child care centre workers were put on trial for sexually abusing dozens of children, daughters accused their fathers of sexually abusing them.

Perhaps the most chilling part of the story was how horribly common this was, and how close to home the perpetrators were.

The bogeyman wasn't lurking in a darkened street any more: he was working at your child's school. Or worse, he was their father.

Meredith Maran was a journalist covering the issue in the 1980s, when she started to remember that she too had been a victim of incest.

After sessions with therapists, she told her family that her father had sexually abused her.

But after several years, her faith in her memories faltered...