Speaking about sexual abuse in British South Asian communities: offenders, victims and the challenges of shame and reintegration

Cowburn, Malcolm, Gill, Aisha K and Harrison, Karen (2015) Speaking about sexual abuse in British South Asian communities: offenders, victims and the challenges of shame and reintegration. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 21 (1). pp. 4-15. ISSN 1355-2600

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/13552600.2014.929188

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Abstract

Cultural dynamics have a significant impact on how sexual matters, including sexual abuse, are discussed in British South Asian communities. The ways in which these communities talk about sexual violence often reinforce patriarchal norms and values, especially those concerned with honour and shame. As a result, victims are either silenced or the blame for the sexual violence they have suffered is laid at their own feet. Addressing the fact that these problems are rooted in patriarchal norms and values is key to understanding how to tackle sexual offending effectively in such communities. Both retributive and restorative justice are necessary in responding to sex crimes; retributive approaches help to recognise victims’ suffering, while restorative approaches offer promising avenues for encouraging victims and offenders alike to speak about their experiences. Both approaches are essential components to reintegrating victims and offenders into their communities.

Keywords:Sex offenders, South Asian communities, victim-survivors, restorative justice, cultural dynamics, honour, reintegrative shaming
Subjects:L Social studies > L990 Social studies not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Social Science > Lincoln Law School
ID Code:41979
Deposited On:11 Aug 2020 11:58

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