Child sexual abuse within the family: The construction of the victim and offender, 1933-1967

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Abstract

In this chapter, it will be argued that, even though the legislation from 1930 represents a legally shift in the perception of the younger party under the age of 18 (from accomplice to victim), in practice, norms about gender, age and sexuality continued to play an important role in the police system after 1933. Dichotomous stereotypes, such as the “decent girl” (with no sexual experiences) vs. the “immoral adolescent” (sexually experienced girl) and the “seduced adult” (who could not resist the temptation from the immoral adolescent) vs. the “child molester” (who had assaulted an innocent child), were, in this respect, shared and used by police authorities and families in the construction of the victim and offender and in attributing the moral responsibility for the crime ¬– despite the fact, that the younger party under the age of 18 couldn’t get punished
Original languageDanish
Title of host publicationCultural Histories of Crime in Denmark 1500-2000
EditorsTyge Krogh, Louise Nyholm Kallestrup, Claus Bundgaard Christensen
Number of pages18
Place of PublicationOxon
PublisherRoutledge
Publication date2017
Pages75-92
Chapter5
ISBN (Print)9781138048515
ISBN (Electronic)9781315170169
Publication statusPublished - 2017
SeriesRoutledge Studies in Cultural History
Number55

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Seidelin, M. (2017). Child sexual abuse within the family: The construction of the victim and offender, 1933-1967. In T. Krogh, L. Nyholm Kallestrup, & C. Bundgaard Christensen (Eds.), Cultural Histories of Crime in Denmark 1500-2000 (pp. 75-92). Routledge. Routledge Studies in Cultural History, No. 55