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Child Sexual Abuse in Black and Minoritised Communities

Improving Legal, Policy and Practical Responses

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  • Provides a theoretically-informed, practice-oriented approach to improving child sexual abuse responses internationally
  • Centres Black and minority ethnic women whose experiences of victimisation are largely overlooked
  • Features internationally-recognised feminists, grassroots activists, researchers and academics

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Child sexual abuse (CSA) is believed to affect one in eight children worldwide (UNICEF, 2020). This authoritative book challenges widely-held problematic beliefs about CSA and discusses societal responses and attitudes to survivors. It brings together multidisciplinary expertise from key researchers and practitioners around the world to better understand CSA in Black and racially minoritised communities and to provide recommendations for improving legal, policy and practical responses. It provides an international overview, covering theory, practice and policy and action-oriented research to determine how countries can individually and collectively work to prevent CSA with specific, vulnerable groups and in general. It also examines how intersectional marginalisation affects experiences of, and responses to, CSA. 

This essential body of work is thoroughly researched and includes first hand testimony which will deepen the understanding of students, academics, policy-makersand professionals including social workers, service staff and activists working at the frontline.

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“This collection addresses some extremely important chasms in our understanding of child sexual abuse, which have real consequences for child protection strategies, both overarching and in individual cases. Deploying cross-disciplinary analyses of different communities across the globe, the contributors bring to bear empirical and analytical techniques from law, social work, criminology, and sociology to address some profound questions. This rich, thoughtful approach demonstrates that child sexual abuse is not a one-dimensional, homogenous cultural problem in these communities, but instead must be understood within an intersectional framework, often featuring multiple overlapping structural inequalities, which the book assays to construct. The book could help to displace practitioners’ trepidation about such cases, informing their professional approaches, especially in considering the investigation and prosecution of such offences, and in weighing the implications for protection of children and other vulnerable family members in the family courts. It deserves a wide audience.” (Professor Laura Hoyano, Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Oxford and Emeritus Fellow, Wadham College Oxford, Barrister, Red Lion Chambers, UK) 

“Childhood sexual abuse (CSA) is an often silent global pandemic that impacts millions of children and families. Child Sexual Abuse in Black and Minoritised Communities: Improving Legal, Policy, and Practical Responses features profound intersectional insights into CSA from leading researchers and practitioners. Their work develops more nuanced understandings of CSA in global communities of colour and proposes holistic ways to respond to this form of violence. Professor Aisha K. Gill’s and Dr Hannah Begum’s edited collection is a timely and critically needed resource for those engaged in breaking unspeakable silences and ending sexual violence committed against children.” (Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Editor, Love WITHAccountability: Digging Up the Roots of Child Sexual Abuse, and producer/director, NO! The Rape Documentary)

Editors and Affiliations

  • The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, School for Policy Studies, Bristol, UK

    Aisha K. Gill

  • The Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse, Barnardo House, London, UK

    Hannah Begum

About the editors

Professor Aisha K. Gill Ph.D. CBE is Professor of Criminology at the University of Bristol, UK. She has been involved in addressing the problem of violence against women and children, 'honour' crimes, forced marriage, sexual abuse and femicidal violence at the grassroots/activist level for 23 years. She is Co-Chair of End Violence Against Women Coalition, a network that campaigns to end all forms of violence against women. She also sat on the 2021 CEDAW People’s Tribunal hearings into women’s rights in the United Kingdom.

Dr Hannah Begum is Research and Evaluation Officer at the Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse, UK. Her current ESRC funded project explores the impact of Covid-19 on minority Muslim communities in Birmingham. Her research interests lie broadly in the fields of victimology, child sexual abuse and the experiences of Black and minoritised communities in the criminal justice system.

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