Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2017

Keywords

Prevention education, child sexual abuse, othering, frame analysis

Abstract

Until recently, the media was Americans’ primary source of information about child sexual offenders. Today, however, millions of adults attend child sexual abuse prevention trainings sponsored by churches, schools, and other organizations. This paper draws on participant observation in 22 sessions of a popular Catholic program. It examines how the curriculum frames child sexual offenders and how group processes support or challenge that framing. While such trainings have the potential to challenge incorrect stereotypes, group and organizational pressures often coalesce to perpetuate fear, anger, and an inability to see offenders as anything but “others.”

Volume

28

Issue

4

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