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Child Sexual Exploitation: Definition and the importance of language

Alderson, K and Ireland, CA (2020) Child Sexual Exploitation: Definition and the importance of language. Abuse: An International Impact Journal, 1 (1). ISSN 2633-8742

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CSE initiatives and policy have been adversely impacted by a lack of clarity in defining child sexual exploitation (CSE), as well as using language that can wrongly convey victim blame and responsibility for the abuse against them. This has led to several inquiries where services have struggled to support victims of CSE. This discussion paper aims to consider the issues, examining the links between CSE and child sexual abuse (CSA), and the challenges in defining CSE. This includes a suggested revised definition. Further, it summarises the challenges that have arisen using language in exploring CSE, and which may have potentially skewed prevalence rates as a result. This paper then considers the presentation of such language and the challenges this offers, with consideration of alternative approaches. It concludes by arguing the importance for researchers to be mindful and responsive to definitions of CSE and the use of language in interpreting results and engaging with this population.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the author accepted version of a paper published in Abuse: An International Impact Journal on 1/4/20 Alderson, K. & Ireland, C.A. Child Sexual Exploitation: Definition and the Importance of Language. Abuse: An International Impact Journal Vol 1(1) pp 50-59 https://threequayspublishing.com/issue/?issue=issue-1&id=21
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Divisions: Psychology (from Sep 2019)
Publisher: Three Quays Publishing
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2021 11:12
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2021 11:15
DOI or ID number: 10.37576/abuse.2020.004
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15703
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