Child Sexual Abuse In Victorian England

Child Sexual Abuse In Victorian England

by Louise A. Jackson


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Child Sexual Abuse In Victorian England by Louise A. Jackson

Child Sexual Abuse in Victorian England is the first detailed investigation of the way that child abuse was discovered, debated, diagnosed and dealt with in the Victorian and Edwardian periods.
The focus is placed on the child and his or her experience of court procedure and welfare practice, thereby providing a unique and important evaluation of the treatment of children in the courtroom. Through a series of case studies, including analyses of the criminal courts, the author examines the impact of legislation at grass roots level, and demonstrates why this was a formative period in the legal definition of sexual abuse. Providing a much-needed insight into Victorian attitudes, including that of Christian morality, this book makes a distinctive contribution to the history of crime, social welfare and the family. It also offers a valuable critique of current work on the history of children's homes and institutions, arguing that the inter-personal relationships of children and carers is a crucial area of study.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415226509
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/02/1999
Series: Women's and Gender History Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

Louise A. Jackson is a lecturer in history at Leeds Metropolitan University.

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