Endemic Sexual Violence and Abuse: Contexts and Dispositions


Endemic sexual violence and abuse has been observed in a number of specific circumstances, most notably conflict zones, remote and marginalised communities, and religious and state institutions. In this article we examine several documented examples and argue that a similar set of causal processes are at work in all of these otherwise apparently disparate circumstances. Rather than construing the problem as ‘organised’ sexual abuse, we present the problem in terms of the breakdown (or disorganisation) of usual individual, situational and ecological constraints.

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Published: 2015-07-01
Pages:111 to 124
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Rayment-McHugh, S. N., Smallbone, S. and Tilley, N. (2015) “Endemic Sexual Violence and Abuse: Contexts and Dispositions”, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 4(2), pp. 111-124. doi: 10.5204/ijcjsd.v4i2.233.

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