By Christopher Bagley
A finished evaluation of the explanations, therapy and prevention of kid sexual abuse which methods the matter from the views of the sufferers, their households and the offenders themselves.
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Yet by no means all countries punish incest’ (Manchester 1979). This statement underscores the contradictions of legal sanctions. Legislation forbidding marriage or intercourse between close relatives does not necessarily distinguish victim from offender. For example, the Criminal Code in North America and most European countries prohibits sexual intercourse between persons who are, by blood relationship, parents, children, brothers, halfbrothers, sisters, half-sisters, grandparents, or grandchildren of each other.
Mating with relatives is permitted to the degree that such mating enhances the ‘fitness’ of the culture, in biological or adaptational terms. Only mating with very close relatives would fail to do this. The sexual use of children, according to Shepher’s theory, is not a problem for any culture unless it results in pregnancies which diminish ‘maximum inclusive fitness’. Sexual use of nonrelated children is acceptable (in epigenetic terms) provided such abuse does not interfere with socialization of females to engage in culturally appropriate sexual pairing.
These images are seductive and it is extremely difficult for a child (or woman) to resist the promise of reward for self-sacrifice to an old man’ (Rush 1980:116). Popular concern regarding child sexual abuse may be a sign that society is moving towards more protective and nurturing values. De Mause, for example, interprets the history of childhood as evolutionary: ‘Good parenting is something that has been achieved only after centuries as generation after generation of parents tried to overcome the abuse of their own childhoods by reaching out to their children on more mature levels of relating’ (De Mause 1975:85).
Child Sexual Abuse: The Search for Healing by Christopher Bagley