Publication Date: Jul 2016
RRP: $39.95
ISBN: 9781876924171
Format: Paperback
Size: 153mm x 234mm
Pages: 224
Category: Monash Studies in Australian Society

The Sexual Abuse of Children

Recognition and Redress

Edited by Yorick Smaal, Andy Kaladelfos and Mark Finnane

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How can we seek justice and redress for the sexual abuse of children and better prevent the occurrence of such abuse?

This work brings together the thoughts on this question advanced by leading scholars, from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, from around the world. These thinkers – some also professional practitioners – provide new perspectives on sanctioned and informal responses to abuse in religious, educational and total institutions, as well as to abuse carried out in non-institutional settings. The Sexual Abuse of Children will be a valuable resource for researchers, students and those who deal with related issues in professional contexts.


Part 1. Histories of child sexual abuse

Chapter 1   Some questions of history: Prosecuting and punishing child sexual assault
Mark Finnane and Yorick Smaal

Chapter 2   Sexual assault by teachers: Historical legislative, policy and prosecutorial responses
Andy Kaladelfos and Lisa Featherstone

Chapter 3   Narratives of innocence and seduction: Historical understandings of child sexual abuse in Australia
Shurlee Swain

Chapter 4   Finding child sex abuse in the archives: The treatment of sexually offending clergy in the Church of England, 1871–1960
Timothy W. Jones

Part 2. Recognising and responding to abuse

Chapter 5   Preventing child sexual abuse: A place-based approach
Stephen Smallbone and Nadine McKillop

Chapter 6  Child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church
Karen J. Terry

Chapter 7  Community process and the identification and reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect
Suzanna Fay-Ramirez

Chapter 8   The privatisation of incest: The neglect of familial sexual abuse in Australian public inquiries
Michael Salter

Part 3. Lessons learned? Justice and redress

Chapter 9   Investigating historical allegations of sexual abuse: The investigation of suspected offenders
Mark Kebbell and Nina Westera

Chapter 10   Child sexual abuse complainants under cross-examination: The ball is in our court
Sarah O’Neill and Rachel Zajac

Chapter 11   Child sexual abuse in faith-based institutions: Gender, spiritual trauma and treatment frameworks
Deborah Sauvage and Patrick O’Leary

Chapter 12   Money for justice? Money’s meaning and purpose as redress for historical institutional abuse
Kathleen Daly

Chapter 13   New regulatory paradigms for preventing institutional child sexual abuse: Lessons from corporate crime and white-collar criminals
Simon Bronitt

Yorick Smaal

Yorick Smaal is a historian and ARC DECRA Research Fellow at Griffith University. His areas of research focus on sex and gender, war and society, and law and criminal justice. Yorick is currently working on a comparative history of boys as...
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Andy Kaladelfos

Andy Kaladelfos is a historian and Research Fellow with the ARC Laureate Fellowship Project ‘Prosecution and the Criminal Trial in Australian History’ at Griffith University, and Chief Investigator on the ARC Discovery Project ‘Sexual Offences, Legal Responses and Public Perceptions’. Andy’s...
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Mark Finnane

Mark Finnane is ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor of History at Griffith University. His research in Australia and Ireland has focussed on the history of mental hospitals, prisons, punishment, policing and the criminal law. He directs the ARC-funded ‘Prosecution Project’, hosted...
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