First Do No Harm: the Sexual Abuse Industry

by: Felicity Goodyear-Smith, 1993

Michael-Guy Publishers, Auckland
167 pages, soft cover ISBN 0-86470-047-4.

A well-intentioned movement to help victims of abuse and protect women and children from sexual harm has become grossly perverted.

Cover of First Do No Harm - the Sexual Abuse Industry

This book examines and challenges the assumptions that underpin the sexual abuse industry, and the effects these are having on our society.

First Do No Harm sets out, in language suitable for an educated lay person, the current international research findings in the sexual abuse field. It sets out, in language suitable for an educated lay person, the current international research findings in the sexual abuse field. In particular it summarises the latest knowledge on suggestibility and the nature of memory.

It is a valuable resource for psychiatrists, psychologists, lawyers and other professionals working in the forensic setting. It is also of assistance to falsely-accused defendants in preparing their cases.

Endorsements for First Do No Harm

If only for its timeliness, First Do No Harm is likely to be one of the important books of the decade… written with meticulous research backup… it’s easily read and understood despite being written by a specialist.

-Michael Brown, Christchurch Press 14 Dec 1993

‘First Do No Harm’ is a moving discussion of a pressing problem in our society – false allegations of sexual abuse. It is both an excellent reference text for professionals working in the field, and also of great interest and value to all who have been touched by the tragedy of false accusations.

-Elizabeth F Loftus
Professor of Psychology,
University of Washington
Author of ‘The Myth of Repressed Memory’

Who should read ‘First Do No Harm’?

  • parents and other family members concerned about accusations of abuse
  • doctors and nurses
  • lawyers
  • psychologists
  • therapists and counsellors
  • social workers
  • childcare workers
  • teachers
  • police
  • probation officers
  • clergy
  • anyone seeing a therapist
  • anyone afraid to hug or comfort children in case their actions are misconstrued

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Phone: (09) 415 8095
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Email: felicity@goodyearsmith.com

Price per copy:
In New Zealand:     $27.95 (includes GST and postage)
By Airmail overseas:      NZ$45.00