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NCJ Number: 183984 Find in a Library
Title: Sexual Abuse of Children: A Human Rights Perspective
Author(s): Roger J. R. Levesque
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 362
Sponsoring Agency: Indiana University Press
Bloomington, IN 47404-3797
Publication Number: ISBN 0-253-33471-3
Sale Source: Indiana University Press
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Bloomington, IN 47404-3797
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Type: Issue Overview
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This volume examines diverse forms of child sexual abuse in different countries and cultures, compares societal responses to existing research and policies, and considers how human rights law can help define what could and should be done to protect children from sexual maltreatment.
Abstract: The analysis emphasizes the ways in which abusive activities in different countries and societies are linked with one another and the way diverse societal attitudes toward children place them at risk. The discussion examines crucial developments in international human rights and notes that the current international children’s human rights movement urges child policymaking from the child’s point of view. It also assesses critiques of rights and addresses concerns regarding cultural relativism and emerging criticisms of the usefulness of framing social claims, interests, and responsibilities in terms of rights. The discussion also examines the reasons for the existence of childhood and its social construction and delineates three broad forms of sexual maltreatment: sexual use, abuse, and exploitation. Further sections examine the domestic and international dimensions of several interrelated forms of exploitation, particularly sex tourism, pornography, prostitution, international abduction, and sexual slavery. Other sections examine the sexual use of children in various cultural contexts through practices such as bodily mutilation, sexual relations during rites of passage, and child marriages. Additional chapters consider child sexual abuse in the context of human rights violations and policymaking and examine victimization by peers through child sexual harassment, acquaintance rape, relationship violence, and juvenile sex offending against younger children. The final chapter details recent transformations in the regulation of childhood and culture, pinpoints counterproductive aspects of prevailing ideologies of childhood, sexuality, maltreatment, and the law; and suggests directions for reforms that develop a more child-centered vision of human rights. Index and chapter reference notes
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child abuse prevention; Child abuse situation remedies; Child molesters; Child Pornography; Child protection laws; Child Sexual Abuse; Child welfare; Children at risk; Crime in foreign countries; Cultural influences; Foreign laws; Human rights violations; International cooperation; Juvenile prostitution; Law reform; Public Opinion of Juveniles; US/foreign comparisons
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