By Jackie Turton
Frequently baby sexual abuse has been perceived as a male crime, even though, fresh examine means that an important minority of offenders are woman. whereas spotting the significance of male perpetrators, this groundbreaking e-book areas the habit of those offending ladies into social context, hard traditional perceptions of woman offenders, femininity, and mothering. together with case experiences and responses from pros within the box, this key textual content highlights the issues inherent in conserving youngsters and identifies ways that we will be able to enhance a clearer figuring out of the social procedures concerned via an research of the denial and minimisation utilized by lady perpetrators. It bargains a serious realizing of the notions of injury, the rights of the kid, perform whereas defining many of the barriers and chances of a feminist research of kid sexual abuse by way of ladies.
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Understandably, for some feminists, this concept is perhaps too painful to contemplate. Russell, who has written considerably on the subject of child sexual abuse, minimised the reporting of female perpetrators as a defence against feminist arguments by claiming: ‘We believe that some workers and researchers are Putting Child Sexual Abuse into Context 37 ideologically uncomfortable with the idea of a male preponderance and thus have been quick to rush to the possibility that it might not be true’ (Russell 1984, 184).
The two-pronged attack challenged the establishment’s persistence in maintaining patriarchy and suggested that power structures, especially within the family, had been ignored (Dworkin 1981; Kelly 1988). One of the dramatic changes in the traditional sociological view was created by feminists who identified incest as a social problem. This was a profound theoretical shift in the way in ‘which incest was conceived in the sociological imagination’ (Bell 1993, 3). Feminists (Kelly 1988; Worrall 1990) suggested that explanations of child sexual abuse needed a better Putting Child Sexual Abuse into Context 35 understanding of power relationships within families and an analysis of the lived experiences of women.
It offers more recognition to the problems of familial perpetrators by updating the offences and replacing existing gender-specific incest offences relating to sexual activity with children from the family unit. ‘It is recognised that the balance of power within the family and the close trusting relationships that exist make children particularly vulnerable to abuse within its environment’ (Home Office, 2002, 26 para 58). Finally, the Sexual Offences Act 2003 confirms the legal age of consent, stating that any sexual activity with someone under sixteen is, even if consent is given, unlawful.