Fear and Transgression
The Fear of Crime and Sexual Assault During the Blackout in Britain and Germany
In this chapter, Wiggam establishes three key ways in which the blackout had an impact on people’s security. First, the blackout caused genuine concern among women in both countries about the possibility of sexual assault. Second, while there was a need to secure the home front for women, licentious and poor behavior in both countries during the blackout was generally seen as a problem with women and girls, and with the youth. Finally, the blackout exerted a moral pressure on sentencing, and a focus on policing certain types of undesirable behaviors.