Masculinity, sexuality, theology and child sexual abuse by personnel in Christian institutions

Death, Jodi (2014) Masculinity, sexuality, theology and child sexual abuse by personnel in Christian institutions. Communities, Children and Families Australia, 8(2), pp. 63-80.

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Abstract

There growing recognition that a contributor to the repeat crises of child sexual abuse (CSA) by personnel in Christian institutions (PICIs), is the often gendered culture of Christian institutions themselves. This work explores theological discursive constructions of masculinity and sexuality and their implications for addressing CSA by PICIs. The perspectives discussed here are of PICIs who participated in a research project conducted in Australia. From these perspectives male gendered and sexual performance is constructed through discourse as both an explanation and solution to offending behaviour. Similarly, sexuality is viewed as God-given, heteronormative and legitimately expressed only within the bounds of marriage. This work draws on Foucault and feminist discourses as they relate to CSA by PICIs and institutional discourses. This work offers a perspective of PICIs that may not otherwise be heard in the common discourses of CSA in Christian Institutions.

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ID Code: 81233
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Child sexual abuse, Clergy abuse, Theology of Sexuality
ISSN: 1833-6280
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Australian College for Child and Family Protection Practitioners Inc
Deposited On: 28 Jan 2015 02:55
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2015 02:52

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