Violent and victimized bodies: sexual violence policy in England and Wales

Phipps, Alison (2010) Violent and victimized bodies: sexual violence policy in England and Wales. Critical Social Policy, 30 (3). pp. 359-383. ISSN 0261-0183

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This paper uses the notion of the body to frame an archaeology of sexual violence policy in England and Wales, applying and developing Pillow’s ideas. It argues that the dominant construction is of sexual violence as an individualized crime, with the solution being for a survivor to report, and with support often instrumentalized in relation to criminal justice objectives. However, criminal justice proceedings can intensify or create further trauma for sexual violence survivors. Furthermore, in addition to criminalizing the violent body and supporting the victimized one, there is a need for policy to produce alternative types of bodies through preventative interventions. Much sexual violence is situated within (hetero) sexual dynamics constructing a masculine aggressor and a feminine body which eventually yields. Prevention must therefore focus on developing embodied boundaries, and narratives at the margins of policy could underpin such efforts.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: assault; criminal justice; gender; rape; sex education
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Depositing User: Alison Phipps
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:56
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2017 05:17

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