New International Frontiers in Child Sexual Abuse

Theory, Problems and Progress

  • Ben Mathews

Part of the Child Maltreatment book series (MALT, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. The Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ben Mathews
      Pages 41-85
  3. Theory: Multidisciplinary Understandings of Child Sexual Abuse and Regulatory Responses

  4. Problems and Progress: Contemporary Challenges and Responses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. Ben Mathews
      Pages 243-295
  5. Conclusion: Future Directions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 297-297
    2. Ben Mathews
      Pages 299-303
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 305-307

About this book


This book offers a timely and detailed exploration and analysis of key contemporary issues and challenges in child sexual abuse, which holds great relevance for scholarly, legal, policy, professional and clinical audiences worldwide.  The book draws together the best current evidence about the nature, aetiology, contexts, and sequelae of child sexual abuse.  It explores the optimal definition of child sexual abuse, considers sexual abuse in history, and explores new theoretical understandings of children’s rights and other key theories including public health and the Capabilities Approach, and their relevance to child sexual abuse prevention and responses. It examines a selection of the most pressing legal, theoretical, policy and practical challenges in child sexual abuse in the modern world, in developed and developing economies, including institutional child sexual abuse, female genital cutting, child marriage, the use of technology for sexual abuse, and the ethical responsibility and legal liability of major state and religious organisations, and individuals. It examines recent landmark legal and policy developments in all of these areas, drawing in particular on extensive developments from Australia in the wake of its Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. It also considers the best evidence about promising strategies and future promising directions in enhancing effective prevention, intervention and responses to child sexual abuse.  


Prevention, detection and response Public health law, policy and practice Global issues and challenges Innovation and social change Multidisciplinary understandings of child sexual abuse Contemporary challenges and international aspects Promising strategies and creative solutions

Authors and affiliations

  • Ben Mathews
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of LawQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia

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