Argh. Just. Fucking. Grrr.
I lived through the Satanic Panic, it was so stupid and so powerful it even crossed the pond to the UK. It tore children from families up and down the country with baseless accusations of satanic abuse.
If you listened to metal (like I did), had long hair and wore black (like I did) and played D&D (you guessed it, and I still play now) you were a pariah. A friend who used to work part time at a gaming store whilst studying for his PhD got beaten so badly they broke a limb.
It's cringe worthy now, but back then it made life dangerous to be different.