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Moral panics and the aftermath: a study of incest

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Périodique : Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law
Numéros : vol. 24, nº 1, ISSN 0964-9069 (Imprimé), ISSN 1469-9621 (En ligne)
Dates : Date de publication: 02/2002
Etendue : pp. 1-17
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Titre :

Moral panics and the aftermath: a study of incest

Résumé :

A ‘moral panic’ about child sexual abuse in Britain in the 1980s culminated in ‘the Cleveland affair’ that produced the challenge of widespread incest and sexual abuse within families. This paper considers the aftermath of this ‘moral panic’. The main focus is on the offenders convicted of incest during the years 1988–96 inclusive, with comparative data from an earlier 1973 cohort. A shift in the incest offender profile is demonstrated. The aftermath of this ‘moral panic’seems to have been to the detriment of incest victims who now seem less likely to speak or be heard. The findings are considered in the light of recent recommendations on changing the law on incest in the Home Office consultation paper, ‘Setting the Boundaries: reforming the law on sex offences’ (2000). The authors endorse the view that the offence of incest should be revised, but are concerned whether the use of the criminal justice system will be any more successful when a sexual activity which is currently narrowly proscribed is more widely proscribed.

Mots clés libres :

Sociology and Political Science, Law

Mots-clés libres (EN) :

Child abuse, Incest, Moral panic


Langue : anglais
Numéro de fiche : 1200
Source : CrossRef
Type de fiche : Article de périodique
Création : 04/05/2018
Dernière modification : 18/10/2018
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