Sexual Abuse of Children

Roger J. R. Levesque


A startling report on the prospects and problems of combating the sexual abuse of children worldwide.

The world community has recently recognized every child's fundamental human right to protection from sexual maltreatment. Yet the many ways children are sexually abused, and the different responses these events evoke, still raise several difficult issues. Roger Levesque addresses these issues as he considers how human-rights law can help elucidate what can and should be done to protect children from sexual maltreatment. He explores the diverse forms of abuse, compares societal responses to existing research and policies, uncovers basic themes, and proposes directions for future action. Levesque places particular emphasis on the ways abusive activities in different countries and societies are linked with one another and the way potentially dangerous social views of children place them at risk. Throughout, he brings together several related debates in social science and law while he pragmatically considers human-rights law as a tool for combating child sexual maltreatment.

Roger J. R. Levesque is Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Indiana University. He has published over 40 scholarly articles and book chapters that deal with human rights, children, and maltreatment, and is author of a forthcoming book, Adolescents, Sex, and the Law: Rethinking Rights for Changing Realities.

Publication date: May 1999

Specs: 400 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4, index