Interdisciplinary feminist perspectives on crimes of clerical child sexual abuse

Kate Gleeson (Editor), Timothy Willem Jones (Editor)

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In recent years the sexual abuse of children in religious institutions has gripped the Western world, as churches, governments and civil society attempt to come to terms with the magnitude of widespread historical abuses. Questions continue to be asked about why it is that perpetrators were able to offend repeatedly and with impunity; what is it about institutions that facilitate or foster abuse; and why have survivors of abuse often been treated inadequately by diverse national and international justice and political systems throughout the last century? This volume makes a significant contribution to international understandings of the vexed and sensitive ‘wicked problem’ of child sexual abuse in religious institutions. The chapters in this volume are written from a range of feminist disciplinary responses, including law, criminology, anthropology and history. Together, they provide important historical context for the current social and political interest in clerical sex crimes. They examine political and legal avenues for redress for survivors of these crimes and critically examine the ways in which church cultures position clergy and clergy offenders in relation to victims.

The chapters originally published in a special issue of the Australian Feminist Law Journal.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages104
ISBN (Print)9781138324510
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Bibliographical note

First published in 2015 as Australian Feminist Law Journal 41(2).

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    Gleeson, K., & Jones, T. W. (Eds.) (2018). Interdisciplinary feminist perspectives on crimes of clerical child sexual abuse. London: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.