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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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What’s gender got to do with it? Sexual exploitation of children as patriarchal violence

What’s gender got to do with it? Sexual exploitation of children as patriarchal violence

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Child Sexual Exploitation: Why Theory Matters
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Maddy Coy

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447351412.003.0011

This chapter sets out that gender is critical to talking and theorising about sexual exploitation in two main ways: in understanding patterns of perpetration and victimisation, and in how policy and practice responds to young people. In the UK and around the globe, victims/survivors of sexual exploitation are disproportionately girls, and those who abuse and exploit them are mostly men and boys. Yet in much policy and public discussion, sexual exploitation is often framed as an issue involving ‘children’, without attention to the asymmetry between experiences of young women and young men. The chapter thus draws on bell hooks to suggest that sexual exploitation can be conceptualised as a form of patriarchal violence, an approach reflecting decades of feminist analysis that links sexual abuse and exploitation to patriarchal power. Throughout the chapter, implications for practice are highlighted and reiterated.

Keywords:   gender, patriarchal violence, patriarchal power, feminist analysis, perpetration, victimisation

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