Synopses & Reviews
"... this noteworthy book carefully examines the subtle and complex issues that should inform any discussion of child sexual abuse... This is compelling reading not only for child advocates and policymakers but for anyone interested in human rights." --Library Journal
How can international human rights law be used to help protect children at risk for sexual abuse? Should the definition of sexual abuse be allowed to differ among cultures? Should a country intervene in the internal workings of another with whom they disagree about approaches to the issue? What do notions of rights and law mean, and how could they be developed without placing more children at risk for abuse?
This book begins the process of addressing these and other issues as it considers how human rights law can help detail what could and should be done to protect children from sexual maltreatment. Roger Levesque places particular emphasis on the ways in which abusive activities in different countries and societies are linked with one another and the way diverse societal views of children place them at risk. Throughout, Levesque brings together several intersecting debates in social science and law, as he pragmatically considers human rights law as a tool for combatting child sexual maltreatment.
About the Author
ROGER J.R. LEVESQUE, who is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Indiana University, received a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and a PhD. in Cultural Psychology from the from the University of Chicago. He has published over 30 scholarly articles and book chapters that deal with human rights, children, and maltreatment, and is author of a forthcoming book, Adolescents, Sex, and the Law: Rethinking Rights for Changing Realities.
Table of Contents
1. Invisible Acts: Child Sexual Maltreatment across World Cultures
2. Transforming Legal Conceptions of Childhood: The Global Human Rights Revolution
3. Deconstructing Childhood and Sexual Maltreatment
4. The Sexual Exploitation of Children
5. The Sexual Use of Children
6. The Sexual Abuse of Children I: Adult Offenders
7. The Sexual Abuse of Children II: Young Offenders
8. Reconstructing the Law of Childhood, Cultural Life, and Sexual Maltreatment