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NCJ Number: 163003 Find in a Library
Title: Mount Cashel Orphanage Inquiry: The Inscription of Child Abuse (From Constructing Danger: The Mis/Representation of Crime in the News, P 76-93, 1995, Douglas Beall, ed. - See NCJ-162999)
Author(s): G Kinsman
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Fernwood Publishing
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 5S3, Canada
Sale Source: Fernwood Publishing
Box 9409, Station A
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 5S3,
Canada
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This article examines inscription, the process whereby a socially deviant category, when placed in print by the media, appears to change from an idea to a fact.
Abstract: The Hughes Royal Commission of Inquiry into an alleged sex scandal at a Christian Brothers orphanage recreated an assumption that already existed in society, the link between homosexuality and child sexual abuse. The media then took up this imputed link, representing violence at the orphanage as homosexual acts. Media inquiry into events at the orphanage focused attention on the physical and sexual abuse of male children by adult males in an institutional setting. In the process, child abuse, a term originally developed to describe the abuse of female children in families, became inscribed with new meaning, as abuse outside families. Through the second inscription of homosexuality and pedophilia, the danger was posed so as to focus blame on an already stigmatized group. Danger was marginalized and legitimation was restored. Such inscriptions make invisible the violence against female and male children in the home and miss the point that abuse of power and authority is not about sexual orientation. Figures, notes
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Canada; Child abuse; Child Sexual Abuse; Discrimination against homosexuals; Institutional child abuse; Juveniles; Media coverage; Sex offense investigations; Victims of Crime
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