In this outspoken and challenging book, Sarah Nelson argues that progress in addressing childhood sexual abuse has been in fearful or complacent retreat. She proposes new models for child-centred, perpetrator-focussed child protection, for community prevention, for understanding physical ill-health and for work with survivor-offenders. This book will inspire policy makers, practitioners, academics and journalists to rediscover courage in tackling child sexual abuse.
Dr Sarah Nelson, University of Edinburgh, has written and presented widely for decades on sexual abuse issues. Her research includes the voices of young survivors, critiques of current child protection systems and community prevention, media representations of abuse cases, and adult survivors' experiences of mental health services. She is a former Scottish Government and Scottish Parliamentary Adviser.
Part 1: The Barriers to Progress; From rediscovery to suppression?; Lies and deception in backlash theories; Part 2: Children and Young People; Fact, myth and legacy in notorious child abuse cases: Orkney in context; Stigmatised young people: from `abuse fodder' to key allies in child protection; Models for more effective child protection (with Liz Davies); Community prevention of CSA: a model for practice (with Norma Baldwin); Part 3: Adult Survivors of sexual abuse; Physical ill health: the serious impacts of sexual violence; Producing radical change in mental health: implications of the trauma paradigm; Pathways into crime after sexual abuse: the voices of male offenders; Rethinking sex offender programmes for survivor-perpetrators.