Organised Sexual Abuse offers a comprehensive, interdisciplinary investigation
of the phenomenon of multi-perpetrator, multi-victim sexual abuse.
Since the early 1980s, social workers and mental health professionals around
the globe have encountered clients reporting sexual abuse by organised groups
or networks. These allegations have been amongst the most controversial in
debates over child sexual abuse, raising many unanswered questions. Are
reports of organised abuse factual or the product of moral panic and false
memories? If these reports are true, what is the appropriate response? The
fields of child protection and psychotherapy have been polarised over the issue.
And, although cases of organised abuse continue to be uncovered, a reasoned
and evidence-based analysis of the subject is long overdue. Examining the
existing evidence, and supplementing it with further qualitative research, in
this book Michael Salter addresses: the relationship between sexual abuse and
organised abuse; the different varieties of organised abuse cases; the historical
and cultural context to organised abuse; questions over the veracity of testimony;
the contexts in which sexually abusive groups develop and operate; the
role of religion and ritual in subcultures of multi-perpetrator sexual abuse; as
well as the experience of adults and children with histories of organised abuse
in the criminal justice system and health system. Organised Sexual Abuse thus
provides a defi nitive analysis that will be of immense value to those with
professional and academic interests in this area.
Michael Salter is lecturer in Criminology at the University of Western
Sydney. His work is focused on the intersections of gendered violence, health
and culture, and the significance of violence in the formation of culture and
To call this an important book would be something of an understatement.
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