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Author: H(erman) E.M. Baartman

Title: Compassion and Skepticism in Child Sexual Abuse

Subtitle: Some Historical Aspects and Explanations

Journal: International Review of Victimology

Volume: 5

Issue: 2

Year: January 1998

Pages: 189-202

ISSN: 0269-7580 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 2047-9433 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 19th Century | European History: French History | Types: Child Sexual Abuse



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Link: SAGE Publications (Restricted Access)



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Abstracts:

»The sexual abuse of children is the subject of heated social debate. The general outrage with which this theme was placed on the public agenda in the 1970s has, to a considerable extent, made room for doubts about the reliability of children as witnesses and of professionals as their informants. History shows a parallel to this pendular movement in late nineteenth-century France; initial anxiety concerning the magnitude and seriousness of the sexual abuse of children, first expressed by Tardieu in the mid-19th century, turned later into scepticism. This article describes some of the aspects that play a role in the difficulty which society has in taking child sexual abuse seriously: the isolation of sexuality, ambivalences in the societal image of children, the status of parents and that of professionals.« (Source: International Review of Victimology)

»Discusses the sexual abuse of children, and the reliability of children as witnesses and professionals as their informants. History shows a parallel to this pendular movement in late 19th-century France; initial anxiety concerning the magnitude and seriousness of the sexual abuse of children, first expressed by A. Tardieu (1878) in the mid-19th century, turned later into skepticism. This article describes some of the aspects that play a role in the difficulty which society has in taking child sexual abuse seriously: (1) the isolation of sexuality, (2) the projection onto the child of desires as well as rejected impulses, (3) the myth of the parent as a reliable and respectable caretaker, and (4) the status which professionals are accorded by society as a reward for suppressing threatening information.« (Source: PsycINFO)

Contents:

  Introduction (p. 189)
  Some Examples of Recognition and Misunderstanding in History (p. 190)
  Some Explanations (p. 193)
  Sexuality as an Expression of Human Desires (p. 194)
  The Bestial Angel (p. 196)
  The Immature Parent (p. 198)
  Status and the Powerlessness of the Professional (p. 199)
  References (p. 201)

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