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Child Sexual Exploitation: Why Theory Matters$
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Jenny Pearce

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781447351412

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447351412.001.0001

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Using an intersectional lens to examine the child sexual exploitation of black adolescents

Using an intersectional lens to examine the child sexual exploitation of black adolescents

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(p.193) 10 Using an intersectional lens to examine the child sexual exploitation of black adolescents
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Child Sexual Exploitation: Why Theory Matters
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Claudia Bernard

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447351412.003.0010

This chapter employs intersectionality as a critical lens to interrogate the ways that race, gender, class, and sexuality impact black adolescents' experiences of child sexual exploitation (CSE). In particular, the exploration is anchored in an intersectional analysis to extend understandings of the nuanced ways in which race-constructed otherness is experienced by young black people affected by sexual exploitation. It first briefly sketches the key messages from the literature on CSE and black children. The chapter next provides an overview of the intersectionality theoretical framework. Finally, it uses a case study, from the Serious Case Review (SCR) of child R, a 15-year-old black girl in the looked-after system, as an exemplar. From there, it presents ways that an intersectional lens can offer some analytical tools to gain a deeper insight into the challenges for black youths at risk of abusive and exploitative relationships. The chapter concludes with some discussion of the implications for a child-focused approach.

Keywords:   black adolescents, intersectionality, race-constructed otherness, black children, intersectional analysis, black youths, child-focused approach, sexual exploitation

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