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Epistemic Injustice: Racially Marginalised Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

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Child Sexual Abuse in Black and Minoritised Communities


This chapter will draw on interviews with seven Black and minority ethnic women who experienced child sexual abuse (CSA) and who have also endured multiple forms of victimisation into adulthood. As children, their polyvictimisation included sexual abuse, exposure to domestic violence, forced marriage, child marriage, grooming and trafficking for prostitution, and marital rape; as adults, they have experienced a range of sexual and domestic violence and abuse. In this chapter, we explore women’s testimonies using the conceptual framework of epistemic injustice and the intersecting factors that shape their experiences. Using an intersectional lens, we argue that Black and minority ethnic women who are survivors of CSA face particular vulnerabilities to both these forms of epistemic injustice.

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Gangoli, G., Hester, M. (2022). Epistemic Injustice: Racially Marginalised Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse. In: Gill, A.K., Begum, H. (eds) Child Sexual Abuse in Black and Minoritised Communities. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

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