The Politics of Child Sexual Abuse

Emotion, Social Movements, and the State

Author: Nancy Whittier

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199783314

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 260

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As recently as 1970, child sexual abuse was seen as extremely rare and usually harmless. Over thirty years later, the media regularly covers child sexual abuse cases, many survivors speak openly about their experiences, and a thriving network of public and private organizations seek to prevent child sexual abuse and remedy its effects. This is the story of these dramatic changes and the activists who helped bring them about. The Politics of Child Sexual Abuse is the first study of activism against child sexual abuse, tracing its emergence in feminist anti-rape efforts, its development into mainstream self-help, and its entry into mass media and public policy. Nancy Whittier deftly charts the development of the movement's "therapeutic politics," demonstrating that activists viewed tactics for changing emotions and one's sense of self as necessary for widespread social change and combined them with efforts to change institutions and the state. Though activism originated with feminists, as the movement grew and spread to include the goals of non-feminist survivors, opponents, therapists, law enforcement, and elected officials, participants were pulled toward formulations of child sexual abuse as a medical or criminal problem and away from emphases on gender and power. In the process, the movement both succeeded beyond its wildest dreams and saw its agenda transformed in ways that were sometimes unrecognizable. A lucid and moving account, The Politics of Child Sexual Abuse draws powerful lessons about the transformative potential of therapeutic politics, their connection to institutions, and the processes of incomplete social change that characterize American politics today.
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The Politics of Child Abuse in America

Author: Lela B. Costin,Howard Jacob Karger,David Stoesz

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195353761

Category: Social Science

Page: 405

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Child abuse policy in the United States contains dangerous contradictions, which have only intensified as the public slowly accepted it as a middle class problem. One contradiction is the rapidly expanding child abuse industry (made up of enterprising psychotherapists and attorneys) which is consuming enormous resources, while thousands of poor children are seriously injured or killed, many while being "protected" by public agencies. This "rediscovery" has also led to the frenzied pursuit of offenders, resulting in the sacrifice of some innocent people. Moreover, the media's focus on the sensational details of high-visibility sexual abuse cases has helped to trivialize, if not commercialize, the child abuse problem. As such, child abuse has gone from a social problem to a social spectacle. By the 1980s the child welfare system had become a virtual "nonsystem," marked by a staggering turnover of staff, unmanageable caseloads, a severe shortage of funding, and caseloads composed of highly dysfunctional families (many with drug-related problems). To make room for these families, public agencies rationed services by increasingly screening-out child abuse reports which contained little likelihood of serious bodily harm. In The Politics of Child Abuse in America, the authors argue that child abuse must be viewed as a public safety problem. This redefinition would make it congruent with other family-based social trends, including the crackdown on domestic violence. Children must have the same legal protection currently extended to physically and sexually abused women. This can be done by creating a "Children's Authority," which would have the overall charge for protecting children. Specifically, Children's Authorities would have the responsibility for providing the six main functions of child protection: investigation, enforcement, placement services, prevention and education, family support, and research and development. Offering a unique perspective on the cold reality of this crisis, The Politics of Child Abuse in America will be a provocative work for social workers and human service personnel, as well as the general reader concerned with this timely issue.
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The Politics of Sexual Violence

Rape, Identity and Feminism

Author: A. Healicon

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137461721

Category: Social Science

Page: 135

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With the recent media interest in celebrity childhood sexual abuse and rape cases, we think we know what sexual violence is and who 'rape victims' are. But this portrayal is limited. Drawing on in-depth accounts from women who have experienced rape, this book revisits issues of credibility, responsibility and feminism to provide missing details.
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The Multiprofessional Handbook of Child Sexual Abuse

Integrated Management, Therapy, and Legal Intervention

Author: Tilman Furniss

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134965095

Category: Psychology

Page: 384

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Child sex abuse is a minefield of complexity and confusion for all involved. A genuinely multidisciplinary problem, it requires the close co-operation of a wide range of people with different tasks, from the clinical treatment specialists through to the police and legal system. Tilman Furniss, a leading figure in the field of child sexual abuse, has written a unique, practical handbook designed for all professionals involved in the treatment and care of sexually abused children and their families. Based on fifteen years' innovative work, this book will help professionals develop knowledge and skills to deal with their particular task, and at the same time help them to understand the effects of their actions on the work of other professionals.
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The Witch-Hunt Narrative

Politics, Psychology, and the Sexual Abuse of Children

Author: Ross E. Cheit

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190226331

Category: Political Science

Page: 544

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In the 1980s, a series of child sex abuse cases rocked the United States. The most famous case was the 1984 McMartin preschool case, but there were a number of others as well. By the latter part of the decade, the assumption was widespread that child sex abuse had become a serious problem in America. Yet within a few years, the concern about it died down considerably. The failure to convict anyone in the McMartin case and a widely publicized appellate decision in New Jersey that freed an accused molester had turned the dominant narrative on its head. In the early 1990s, a new narrative with remarkable staying power emerged: the child sex abuse cases were symptomatic of a 'moral panic' that had produced a witch hunt. A central claim in this new witch hunt narrative was that the children who testified were not reliable and easily swayed by prosecutorial suggestion. In time, the notion that child sex abuse was a product of sensationalized over-reporting and far less endemic than originally thought became the new common sense. But did the new witch hunt narrative accurately represent reality? As Ross Cheit demonstrates in his exhaustive account of child sex abuse cases in the past two and a half decades, purveyors of the witch hunt narrative never did the hard work of examining court records in the many cases that reached the courts throughout the nation. Instead, they treated a couple of cases as representative and concluded that the issue was blown far out of proportion. Drawing on years of research into cases in a number of states, Cheit shows that the issue had not been blown out of proportion at all. In fact, child sex abuse convictions were regular occurrences, and the crime occurred far more frequently than conventional wisdom would have us believe. Cheit's aim is not to simply prove the narrative wrong, however. He also shows how a narrative based on empirically thin evidence became a theory with real social force, and how that theory stood at odds with a far more grim reality. The belief that the charge of child sex abuse was typically a hoax also left us unprepared to deal with the far greater scandal of child sex abuse in the Catholic Church, which, incidentally, has served to substantiate Cheit's thesis about the pervasiveness of the problem. In sum, The Witch-Hunt Narrative is a magisterial and empirically powerful account of the social dynamics that led to the denial of widespread human tragedy.
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Understanding the Effects of Child Sexual Abuse

Feminist Revolutions in Theory, Research and Practice

Author: Sam Warner

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134238312

Category: Psychology

Page: 304

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Child sexual abuse is a global problem that negatively affects many women and girls. As such, it has long been of concern to feminists, and more recently mental health activists. This book draws on this revolutionary legacy, feminism and post-structuralism to critically examine current perceptions of women, girls and child abuse in psychology, psychiatry and the mass media, and to re-evaluate mainstream and feminist approaches to this subject. The book aims to contribute to the ongoing development of a knowledge-base for working with abused women and girls, and demonstrates the need to question the use of formulaic methods in working with abused women and girls. It calls for an explicit concern with politics, principles and ethics in the related areas of theory, research and practice. Using research into women who have been sexually abused in childhood, and who are detained in maximum security mental health care, Sam Warner explores and identifies key principles for practice. A social recovery model of intervention is developed, and case study examples are used to demonstrate its applicability in a range of practice areas. These include abuse psychotherapy; expert witness reports in child protection; with mothers of abused girls; and with women and girls in secure care contexts. This thorough investigation of this emotive issue provides a clear theoretical and practical framework for understanding and coping with child sexual abuse. This book will be of interest to anyone who works with children and adults who have been abused. This includes clinical psychologists, therapists and other professionals that work in mental health, psychotherapy and social services; and legal settings within both community and secure care contexts. It should also be essential reading for students and academics in this area.
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Child Sexual Abuse

Moral Panic or State of Denial?

Author: David Pilgrim

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351264540

Category: Social Science

Page: 196

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Child sexual abuse is a major public policy challenge. Many child protection measures were beginning to reduce its occurrence. However, that progress was impeded by online grooming, the downloading of indecent images of children and even their abuse online in real time. This now places major demands on national and international policing. The book brings together groundbreaking case studies from a wide range of settings. As well as family members and those near the home, offenders can also be found in religious, sporting and childcare settings. This extensive picture is drawn deliberately in order to highlight a split in the academic analysis of child sexual abuse. The mainstream or orthodox view, defended by the author, is that child sexual abuse is an under-reported crime. However, a minority view, presented but criticised, is that it is a moral panic created by public hysteria, child protection experts and campaigning politicians. By the end of the book, this division of academic opinion and its implications for public policy are explored in detail. The book is essential reading for anyone interested in preventing child sexual abuse and the dilemmas of responding to both victims and perpetrators. It will be of particular use to practitioners in social work, the police and in the mental health professions.
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The Politics of Child Abuse

Author: Nigel Parton

Publisher: Palgrave

ISBN: 9780333363171

Category: Child abuse

Page: 245

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'...the most comprehensive account to date of the discovery and identification of child abuse and its consolidation in Britain as a social problem ...informative and compelling ...an important study not only of child abuse but also of the sociology of a social problem.' The Times Higher Education Supplement
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Because I Love You

The Silent Shadow of Child Sexual Abuse

Author: Joyce Allan

Publisher: Joyce Allan

ISBN: 9780966891942

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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Confronted in midlife with a devastation discovery about her father's most secret life as a paedophile, Joyce Allan, a psychiatric nurse/therapist, traces the history of sexual abuse across five generations of her family. Providing the unique insight into the value systems that perpetuate child sexual abuse within families, churches, and society, this memoir describes how silence itself creates the 'ecology of sexual abuse'. Compassionately and skilfully written, it is particularly useful for victims of sexual abuse, family and friends of a victim, or even the family and friends of the perpetrator.
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Interviewing Children about Sexual Abuse

Controversies and Best Practice

Author: Kathleen Coulborn Faller

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199725403

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 328

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A core issue for professionals responsible for addressing sexual abuse is how to correctly identify cases. Interviewing Children About Sexual Abuse: Controversies and Best Practice critically reviews the research and practice on the spectrum of issues related to interviewing the sexually abused child. Its chapters cover all the most important topics that interviewers must keep in mind, from the accuracy of children's memories to appropriate types of questions to include to the use of interview aids, and within each chapter is a comprehensive review of research and practice, leading to conclusions that can be used to guide practice in this most sensitive of assignments.
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The Politics of Rape

The Victim's Perspective

Author: Diana Russell

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595292879

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 316

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In her pioneer book, The Politics of Rape (1975, 1984), Diana E. H. Russell was among the first feminist writers to offer a revolutionary new understanding of rape as a manifestation of sexism. In a series of beautifully executed but wrenching interviews with 22 eloquent rape survivors, we learn about the heart wrenching pain, trauma, and long-term consequences caused by mens' misogynist attitudes and behavior toward women. Thankfully, Russell also provides a much-needed final chapter on solutions. According to Rolling Stones Magazine, The Politics of Rape "is probably the best introduction to rape now in print." The Women's Press called Russell's book, "truly exceptional . This is the best book I know of on the subject of the all-American crime of rape." Another reviewer described it as "one hell of a courageous book," noting that it was intended "as a tool for political change." Although The Politics of Rape was published a long time ago, the stories of rape survivors are never out of date.
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Children, Sexuality, and Child Sexual Abuse

Author: Dianna T. Kenny

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351612727

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 312

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In the past 20 years, the progressive uncovering of child sexual abuse in institutional settings has reverberated across the globe with simultaneous investigations across Europe and the English-speaking world. However, most books on child sexual abuse are narrowly focused and do not situate this most distressing of human behaviours within a social or historical context. Children, Sexuality, and Child Sexual Abuse examines child sexual abuse from a broader perspective in order to understand how and why child sexual abuse is perpetrated, by whom, under what circumstances, and with what societal consequences for victims and perpetrators. This book will be an essential reference for all those working in the field of child sexual abuse. Beginning with histories of childhood and sex, and their intersections, the book goes on to analyze sexual development, sexuality, and sexualized behaviour in children and adolescents. This is followed by an examination of the extent of child sexual abuse in the English-speaking world, including its prevalence in the Indigenous communities of Australia, New Zealand and Canada, and in once-trusted societal institutions including the Church, orphanages, and schools. The book focuses on issues of concern to all those who encounter the problem of child sexual abuse and addresses questions such as: How and when do children disclose child sexual abuse? What are the characteristics of memory that affect reporting? How are disclosure claims assessed? What are the effects of having experienced child sexual abuse? Finally, there is an examination of young people who offend sexually.
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Organised Sexual Abuse

Author: Michael Salter

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415689775

Category: Law

Page: 208

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This book examines the sexual abuse of children by groups or networks. It reviews the debates and controversy surrounding organised abuse and examines case studies of 21 adults in Australia who experienced organised sexual abuse in childhood. Themes discussed include: the relationship between sexual abuse and organised abuse; debates on allegations and recovered memories; police responses; the contexts in which sexually abusive groups develop and operate; the role of religion and ritual in subcultures of organised sexual abuse; and the experience of adult and child victims in the criminal justice system and health system.
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Allies in Healing

When the Person You Love Is a Survivor of Child Sexual Abuse

Author: Laura Davis

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062267485

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 368

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"But what about me?" "Is it possible to go one day without dealing with the survivor's issues?" "Will we ever make love again?" "Will the survivor love me in the end?" "How do I know if I should throw in the towel?" Based on in-depth interviews and her workshops for partners across the country, Laura Davis offers practical advice and encouragement to all partners—girlfriends, boyfriends, spouses, and lovers—trying to support the survivors in their lives while tending to their own needs along the way. She shows couples how to deepen compassion, improve communication, and develop an understanding of healing as a shared activity. Addressing partners' most important questions, Allies in Healing covers: The Basics—answers common questions about sexual abuse. Allies in Healing—introduces key concepts of working and growing together. My Needs and Feelings—teaches partners to recognize, value, and express their own needs. Dealing with Crisis—includes strategies for handling suicidal feelings, regression, and hopelessness. Intimacy and Communication—offers practical advice on dealing with distancing, control, trust, and fighting. Sex—provides guidelines for coping with flashbacks, lack of desire, differences in sexual needs, and frustration. Family lssues—suggests a range of ideas for interacting with the survivor's family. Partners' Stories—explores the struggles, triumphs, and courage of eight partners.
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Come here

a man overcomes the tragic aftermath of childhood sexual abuse

Author: Richard Berendzen,Laura Palmer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 301

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A former president of American University recounts his shattering experiences as a child victim of sexual abuse and incest
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Males at Risk

The Other Side of Child Sexual Abuse

Author: Frank G. Bolton, Jr.,Larry A. Morris,Ann E. MacEachron

Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated

ISBN: 9780803932371

Category: Psychology

Page: 224

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This volume is the first book in the field devoted to the abuse of boys. The authors focus on the male's socialization and victimization and the results of various forms of sexual abuse of male children. Although they do not claim that male children are at equal risk to female children, they do point out that male stereotyping can have specific, long-term consequences for the male victim. Breaking new ground by presenting a broader view of male sexual victimization, they introduce a new concept, the abuse of sexuality, to help explain many of the social and sexual problems exhibited by males. Finally, an explicit model for formulating a treatment plan which utilizes a systematic multi-remedial evaluation for both adult males and male childr
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Childhood Sexual Abuse

Developmental Effects Across the Lifespan

Author: F. Felicia Ferrara

Publisher: Brooks/Cole Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780534576455

Category: Education

Page: 283

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This text sheds light on a deeply hidden, yet powerfully debilitating, experience of childhood: sexual abuse. The author strives to accurately present information on the complex dynamics that have an impact on individuals, families, school environments and society at large. With these dynamics in mind, the author presents a collection of varied issues that will better prepare a child care professional in working with children who have been abused.
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Governing Child Abuse Voices and Victimisation

The Use of Public Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in Christian Institutions

Author: Jodi Death

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317195396

Category: Social Science

Page: 162

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Child sexual abuse by clergy within the Roman Catholic Church has emerged as a social and political discourse over the last three decades. The analysis here specifically focuses on the establishment, conduct, and outcomes of the extensive public inquiries of Australia, although inquiries in other jurisdictions are also discussed. Unlike criminal or civil processes, although they may be inquisitory in nature, public inquiries emerge from a specifically political context and are a tool of governance embedded in a larger context of governmentality. Understanding the broader political and cultural contexts of public inquiries is important, then, in understanding their value and effectiveness as justice processes – especially for victims of CSA by clergy. What is interesting about public inquiry is that it situates victims of CSA by clergy outside of criminal and civil justice processes and recognises a different politicised relationship between victims as citizens, the state, and Catholic institutions where abuse has occurred. At the cutting edge of disciplinary and methodological understandings of the interconnections between the church, state and families, his book explores the dynamics of the emergence and politicisation of victims of CSA by clergy, their expressions of resistance and the legitimisation of their voice in public and political spheres.
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