Child Sexual Abuse

Child Sexual Abuse

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This new study presents a reappraisal of the problem of child sexual abuse. Assessing the myths and realities surrounding the abuser as well as the abused, La Fontaine aims to show how "explanations" such as the child's sexual behaviour, children's fantasies and the relationship between parents and children have been used to deny the occurrence of sexual abuse. By examining definitions of child sexual abuse in the law, definitions used by social workers, psychologists and by abused adults and children themselves, the author highlights the obstacles which abused children often face when trying to bring the abuse out into the open. The author looks at the consequences of abuse for family relations, the abused child and the child's future. Throughout the study she stresses how the burden of guilt is shifted on to the child by many of the agencies and people involved. In her conclusion, La Fontaine asks how we can determine and allocate responsibility in highly problematic circumstances.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 200 pages
  • 146.05 x 222.25 x 19.05mm | 453.59g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 10 tables
  • 0745605605
  • 9780745605609

Table of contents

Introduction - the Cleveland affair; the nature of the problem; the extent of the problem; the victims; the offenders; natural and unnatural fathers - incest and the sexual abuse of children; brothers and sisters; what can be done?.
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