Smoke and Mirrors: The Devastating Effect of False Sexual Abuse Claims


Smoke and Mirrors is an uncompromising look at how false sexual abuse allegations originate, gather momentum, and often culminate by ripping apart the lives of innocent people. Campbell, a nationally known authority in forensic psychology, argues how false allegations of sexual abuse can occur anywhere to anyone.

In Part One he examines false allegations of child sexual abuse. The typical scenario in these cases originates with the vague, ill-defined statements of a young child. Adults, misinterpreting these ambiguous remarks, conclude that the child has been sexually abused. The child, subjected to numerous interviews, then describes events that never occurred with staggering psychological and legal ramifications.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1998


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