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‘They would rather not have known and me kept my mouth shut’: The role of neutralisation in responding to the disclosure of childhood sexual abuse

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dc.contributor.author Cunnington, C., & Clark, T.
dc.date.accessioned 2022-09-15T15:31:23Z
dc.date.available 2022-09-15T15:31:23Z
dc.date.issued 2022
dc.identifier.citation Cunnington, C., & Clark, T. (2022). ‘They would rather not have known and me kept my mouth shut’: The role of neutralisation in responding to the disclosure of childhood sexual abuse. Qualitative Social Work, 14733250221124300. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/14733250221124300
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/5559
dc.description.abstract There is a well-established literature examining how perpetrators of child sexual abuse (CSA) neutralise the norms and beliefs that ordinarily prohibit such behaviours. However, there has been substantially less focus on how such techniques of neutralisation might also be applied by people and groups who were not directly involved in the abuse, who we might expect to be more supportive. Drawing on a thematic analysis of an openended survey (n=140) and semi-structured interviews (n=21) with adults who experienced childhood sexual abuse this paper examines societal responses to disclosure. Identifying three key techniques of neutralisation, it explores how families, professionals and institutions use wider discourses that deny the victim/survivor, deny or minimise harm and silence by appealing to loyalty. The results demonstrate how significant others can constrain, rather than support, the process of disclosure and recovering from CSA. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Qualitative Social Work en_US
dc.subject survivors en_US
dc.subject disclosure en_US
dc.subject trauma en_US
dc.subject International Resources en_US
dc.subject United Kingdom en_US
dc.subject child abuse en_US
dc.subject mental health en_US
dc.subject recovery en_US
dc.title ‘They would rather not have known and me kept my mouth shut’: The role of neutralisation in responding to the disclosure of childhood sexual abuse en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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