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Sexual Offences and Offending

Call for Papers

Abstracts may only be submitted via the Easy Chair system. They must be no longer than 300 words and must include your title, name and institutional affiliation and your email address for correspondence.

The deadline for the submissions is Monday 19 January 2015.

Sexual offences and offending is one of the most active areas of contemporary legal and policy discussion. This stream examines legal, social and policy responses to victims and offenders in the context of sexual offences and contemporary forms of victimisation and offending. This includes the use of social media to engage in problematic sexual behaviour, grooming and extreme pornography. The convenors welcome papers in a wide range of areas, including:

Child sexual offences; trafficking for sexual purposes; grooming; social media and sexual offending; sex workers and the law; police, court, prosecutorial and jury responses; extreme sexual imagery; education and prevention; social attitudes to sexual offences and offending; policy issues; restorative justice approaches; offender treatment; indecent images of children; defining sexual offences.

For an informal discussion please contact Phil Rumney or Gethin Rees

Session Programme (Papers and rooms are subject to change)

Tuesday: Session 1: Social Sciences 0.10

Session Title:

Papers: The Legal and Social Challenges posed by Group Localised Grooming: Reconsidering the Risk of Harm - Dr Jamie-Lee Mooney

The role of denial in criminal justice agencies' responses to child sexual exploitation in Rochdale and Rotherham - Maureen O'Hara

The recognition of pre-teen mothers as victims of sexual offences - Kirsteen Mackay and Sarah Nelson

Tuesday: Session 2: Social Sciences 0.10

Session Title:

Papers: Protecting the Therapeutic Space: Why victims’ counselling records should be excluded from historic child sexual abuse trials - Dr Sinéad Ring

Regulating prostitution: an assessment of different legal regimes on the different dimensions of women’s opportunities for self-determination - Nicolle Zeegers

Wednesday: Session 6: Social Sciences 0.28

Session Title:

Papers: Paper: Accessible Justice? Rape victimization and psychosocial disability - Vanessa Munro, Louise Ellison and Katrin Hohl.

Challenging and redressing police failures in the context of rape investigations – the civil liability route - Joanne Conaghan

Raping Femininity: Reforming the Law on Rape in England and Wales - Siobhan Weare.