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Recognizing the Threat Posed by an Incestuous Parent to the Victim’s Siblings: Part I: Appraising the Risk

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Auteurs : Robin F. Wilson
Périodique : Journal of Child and Family Studies
Numéros : vol. 13, nº 2, ISSN 1062-1024 (Imprimé)
Dates : Date de publication: 06/2004
Etendue : pp. 143-162
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Titre :

Recognizing the Threat Posed by an Incestuous Parent to the Victim's Siblings: Part I: Appraising the Risk

Résumé :

Despite unmistakable evidence that incest offenders rarely stop with one child, courts routinely fail to protect an incest victim's siblings. Many courts simple deny that a parent's sex act with one child signals risk to others. Nevertheless, even those courts that acknowledge a sibling's risk reach wildly different results when confronting similar cases. Courts are split over whether a parent who molests his stepchild is equally likely to victimize biological offspring or whether a father who violates a daughter will also victimize sons. There is a substantial body of research about incest that can aid courts to better gauge a sibling's risk. Because the first act of incest creates a corresponding risk to some—but not necessarily all—children in the family, Part I of this 2 part series argues in favor of a presumption of risk that offenders may rebut. Part II examines whether a sibling's gender, genetic ties to the offender, or the offender's treatment mitigate the threat and, consequently, should serve as a basis for rebutting the presumption. Ultimately, this article concludes that the law can safeguard children only if guided by substantial evidence of how abusive families function.

Mots-clés libres (EN) :

Incest, State intervention, Child protection, Judicial decisionmaking

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Voir aussi: Recognizing the Threat Posed by an Incestuous Parent to the Victim’s Siblings. Part II: Improving Legal Responses


Langue : anglais
Numéro de fiche : 1695
Source : CrossRef
Type de fiche : Article de périodique
Création : 23/11/2018
Dernière modification : 20/12/2018
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