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Dark secrets of childhood
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Dark secrets of childhood: Media power, child abuse and public scandals

Fred Powell and Margaret Scanlon


Over the last few decades, public opinion has been traumatised by revelations of child abuse on a mass scale. It has become the major human rights story of the 21st century in Western society. This ground-breaking book explores the relationship between the media, child abuse and shifting adult-child power relations which, in Western countries, has spawned an ever expanding range of laws, policies and procedures introduced to address the ‘explosion’ of interest in the issue of child abuse. Revelations of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy in Ireland – and its ‘cover-up’ by Church autho ... More

Keywords: child abuse, child abuse inquiries, media representation of child abuse, child protection, children’s rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781447317845
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447317845.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fred Powell, author
University College Cork - National University of Ireland

Margaret Scanlon, author
University College Cork - National University of Ireland