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The Politics of kid Sexual Abuse is the 1st research of activism opposed to baby sexual abuse, tracing its emergence in feminist anti-rape efforts, its improvement into mainstream self-help, and its access into mass media and public coverage. Nancy Whittier deftly charts the advance of the movement's "therapeutic politics," demonstrating that activists considered strategies for altering feelings and one's feel of self as precious for frequent social swap and mixed them with efforts to alter associations and the nation. even though activism originated with feminists, the stream grew and unfold to incorporate the targets of non-feminist survivors, rivals, therapists, legislation enforcement, and elected officers. within the method, the flow either succeeded past its wildest goals and observed its schedule remodeled in ways in which have been occasionally unrecognizable. A relocating account, The Politics of Child Sexual Abuse attracts robust classes in regards to the transformative capability of healing politics, their connection to associations, and the techniques of incomplete social swap that signify American politics this day. Nancy Whittier is Professor of Sociology at Smith collage. She is the writer of Feminist Generations and co-editor of Feminist Frontiers and Social routine: id, tradition, and the State.

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Judy described the typical aftermath of a child’s disclosure: A child would disclose after a workshop that he or she was having experiences at home that were sexually abusive. I remember one little girl in particular who caused this great concern. . What she told us . . was that her father “humped” her at night, and when we went a little further with that, you know, she wasn’t wearing any pajama bottoms, he wasn’t wearing any pajama bottoms. And this is the information we gave [Child] Protective Services in order to conduct an investigation.

As a result, they provided a unique and important opportunity for work and theorizing on child sexual abuse to be disseminated across geographic and political divisions. 32 The Politics of Child Sexual Abuse The Child Assault Prevention Project In the early twenty-first century, elementary and secondary school curricula aimed at preventing child sexual abuse are fairly common, although of decidedly mixed quality. But in the 1970s, such curricula were virtually unknown. It was the feminist anti-rape movement that changed that, and the Child Assault Prevention Project led the way, first in Columbus, Ohio, and then nationally.

Some of these callers confided that they had been assaulted not by strangers on the street but by men they knew and by family members. . We didn’t know how to help these women. Mostly, we applied the techniques that we had learned to use with rape victims: We accepted these women’s stories, told them they were not to blame, and urged them to keep trying to disclose the experience and to find someone who would help them escape if their situation were ongoing. We realized that we were dealing with another type of rape, one even more taboo than stranger rape, one that was harder to talk about and harder to recover from.

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