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‘Benign Pessimism’: A National Emergency

  • Heather Douglas
  • Mark Finnane
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Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Socio-Legal Studies book series

Abstract

In 2006, on Australian television, Nanette Rogers, a Northern Territory Public Prosecutor, shocked a national audience with extreme examples of child sexual abuse in Aboriginal communities. When asked why she thought such things were happening, she explained:

the malaise is mostly because of the entrenchment of violence in the whole of the community. But there is also a second aspect and that is that Aboriginal people here are overwhelmed time and time again by a fresh new tragedy. (Rogers, 2006)

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© Heather Douglas and Mark Finnane 2012

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  • Heather Douglas
  • Mark Finnane

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