Rochdale sex abuse & Girl A’s book: why we shouldn’t call abuse ‘child prostitution’

“Child prostitution”. It’s a term that should never be used. It insults both sex workers and victims of child abuse. Why? Because it equates consenting adult sex workers with child victims of abuse, rape and trafficking. It suggests that consenting sex workers don’t have agency and that child abuse victims are somehow complicit in theirContinue reading “Rochdale sex abuse & Girl A’s book: why we shouldn’t call abuse ‘child prostitution’”

Paedomania vs Slut-shaming: There can be only one!

Paedomania is the moral panic over paedophiles. Moral panics were first indentified by Cohen (1971). They are a disproportionate societal reaction to a threat, usually to do with sex. Previous moral panics have included the 17th century witch-hunts, American reactions to 9/11 and the satanic ritual sexual abuse panic of the late ’80s and earlyContinue reading “Paedomania vs Slut-shaming: There can be only one!”