Child Sexual Abuse in Victorian England (Women's & Gender by Louise A. Jackson

By Louise A. Jackson

Baby Sexual Abuse in Victorian England is the 1st exact research of ways that kid abuse used to be found, debated, clinically determined and handled within the Victorian and Edwardian periods.The concentration is put on the kid and his or her event of courtroom strategy and welfare perform, thereby delivering a distinct and significant evaluate of the remedy of youngsters within the court docket. via a sequence of case stories, together with analyses of the felony courts, the writer examines the effect of laws at grass roots point, and demonstrates why this used to be a formative interval within the felony definition of sexual abuse. delivering a much-needed perception into Victorian attitudes, together with that of Christian morality, this publication makes a particular contribution to the background of crime, social welfare and the family members. It additionally bargains a helpful critique of present paintings at the background of kid's houses and associations, arguing that the inter-personal relationships of kids and carers is a vital region of research.

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The keenness of Hampstead magistrates to deal with cases themselves and to provide some type of salutary deterrent (in the form of conviction for minor offences) must be linked to their desire to ‘clean up’ the heath. The statistics for Thames Police Court, which dealt with a much greater body of business than Hampstead, are equally provocative. Out of a total of fifty-four cases of sexual assault known to have involved child victims, referred to the court in 1885, 1890, 1895, 1900, 1905 and 1910, a third were discharged without trial, and three were convicted, by magistrates, of common assault.

2 for definition of sexual assault Family, neighbourhood and police 31 of James and Maria were common throughout the nineteenth century. A whole range of both formal and unofficial strategies for dealing with sexual abuse existed within workingclass areas long before either the founding of the NSPCC in 1884 or the moral panic over the abuse of girl children that reached a crescendo in 1885. The number of cases which were tried in court was low even in 1885. Although changes in the law and systems of policing meant that official sanctions were more likely to be used as the century progressed, older informal practices continued to be deployed throughout the period.

Agriculture – hill-farming, dairying, or arable – offered significant employment in many areas. 103 During the course of the nineteenth century rural Middlesex was increasingly colonised by the metropolis as a suburban dormitory, but outlying areas remained rural and semi-rural in character even in 1900. 105 It is also important to recognise that the number of cases of sexual assault reported remained, on a per capita basis, small throughout the period. 107 The level of statistical information that is available is simply not robust enough to support a sustained analysis based on settlement type, local economy and land-use; I shall therefore focus on changes over time, seeking to identify elements of similarity across regions.

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