Dr. Roland C. Summit

Contributing to the McMartin hysteria, alluded by MacFarlane in her congressional testimony, was the public campaign of Dr. Roland C. Summit. Summit was already widely known in the mental health field for his theories on child sexual abuse when the McMartin case began. He had written and lectured extensively on the subject since 1975 and had served as a consultant on child sex abuse to law enforcement officials, including the Los Angeles District Attorney, since 1979. He had also been consulted for the production of numerous television news reports and articles (written by others) on child sex abuse. Summit's most notable achievement was a 1983 article explaining the dynamics of child sexual abuse that he says form a "Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome" (CSAAS).31 The CII child interviews were guided by one of the fundamental principles of CSAAS — that sexually abused children remain silent about their abuse experiences.32

Summit's deep civic and emotional involvement in the McMartin case came about while he served as a prosecution witness during the 18-month-long preliminary hearing and in his role as the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health liaison to Manhattan Beach during McMartin's early stages.33

Summit praised the hysteria-inducing media hype and community gossip (that MacFarlane capitalized on so well) as a public service. "Without such press coverage we would be trapped by our old myths [about child sexual abuse]."34 Summit complained that investigators were limiting the ability of parents to cope by discouraging them from meeting and discussing the case. The community's priority, he explained, should be to support the children and to "renew the awareness of the importance of the world presented to children and the need to invest money and energy in presenting that environment." Hundreds of children had escaped sexual assault, he claimed, because of the publicity about the McMartin case.35

Summit's call for a "vast expansion" of therapeutic resources for the children of Manhattan Beach was coupled with his warnings, in almost apocalyptic terms, of the consequences of public debate and denial. Discovery [of sex abuse] will turn into suspicion and, "There will be a predictable turn around and challenge to whether this happened." There will be scapegoating too: "Kee MacFarlane will be called an amateur. . . . The advocate for the sexually abused child will be defiled and discredited." The battle between disclosure and denial will pit "neighbor against neighbor" and the abused child will remain silent because he is not believed.36

Summit warned the community not to divide into separate factions of believers and nonbelievers. "Polarity of views . . . is destructive . . . There is a need to realize that more than one generation of kids has been damaged."37 He added that without proper therapy, and a speedy court resolution of all rumors, i.e. quick guilty verdicts for the defendants, the community will be divided, justice is unlikely to prevail, and the Manhattan Beach community will rest on the brink of psychological disaster:38

If it reconstitutes itself, Manhattan Beach will be a different community for having faced the crisis. If every effort were made to tear away all the scabs, then you would have distressing outpouring of pus, but you would have . . . a basis on which to assign urgent priorities . . . there would be a chance for full recovery. It could take 20 years to reconstitute a comfortable sense of trust in the community.39

The Dark Truth About the "Dark Tunnels of McMartin"

bulletThe Beginning
bulletThe Accusation
bulletThe Letter
bulletChildren's Institute International
bulletHysteria Spreads
bulletNews Media Coverage and National Hysteria
bulletFollowing the Money
bulletDr. Roland C. Summit
bulletSatanic Trappings and the Search for The Secret Rooms and Tunnels
bulletIncredibly Weak Evidence
bulletSummit Defends MacFarlane's Interviews of the McMartin Children, Without Reviewing the Interviews
bulletJudy Johnson's Increasingly Bizarre Behavior
bulletThe Trial Verdicts
bulletParents Begin Search For Tunnels
bulletRevisionist History: Judy Johnson and The Dark Tunnels of McMartin
bulletThe Third McMartin Trial
bulletEthics, Professors, Indiana Jones, Switzerland, and Early (Very Early) Man
bulletTunnel Precursors
bulletBob Currie
bulletOrigin of a Secret Room
bulletFrom Santa Claus To Lions
bulletMultiple Molestations: Devils, a Dead Baby, and a Ghost
bulletTunnel Therapy
bulletThe District Attorney's Excavation
bulletAnalysis of the Report on the 186 (minus one page) Manhattan Tunnel Project (MTP) by E. Gary Stickel
bulletMTP Archeological Methodology Employed by E. Gary Stickel
bulletSite Contamination By Manhatten Tunnel Project
bulletPhotographic Documentation of the MTP Archeological Procedures
bulletStickel's Conclusions About the Evidence He Claims to Have Obtained from the Archeological MTP Project
bulletThe Missing Tunnel
bulletEstimating Dates of "Tunnel" Artifacts

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