Kinsley's offensive and ill-informed article on child sexual abuse contains so much tasteless language and so many inaccuracies that I believe it establishes a new standard of journalistic incompetence.
First, no one is trying "heroically" to prove an increase in the prevalence of child sexual abuse. The phenomenon is not new, just newly recognized.
Second, the "lurid tales of pedophilic orgies in a small Minnesota town" did indeed occur, according to the physicians and social workers who visited there. Children almost never lie about sexual abuse, but they often falsely recant their stories when they see the horrified reaction of adults around them.
Third, Kinsley's statistic that 1 out of 100 children suffer abuse or neglect is preposterous. A recent study interviewing 930 adult women found 28% had been sexually abused by age 14 (this does not include cases of exhibitionism) and two-thirds of these reports involved violence or the threat of violence.