‘Setting ’Em Up’: Personal, Familial and Institutional Grooming in the Sexual Abuse of Children

  title={‘Setting ’Em Up’: Personal, Familial and Institutional Grooming in the Sexual Abuse of Children},
  author={Anne-Marie McAlinden},
  journal={Social & Legal Studies},
  pages={339 - 362}
  • Anne-Marie McAlinden
  • Published 2006
  • Sociology
  • Social & Legal Studies
  • The term ‘grooming’ has been used to describe the offender’s actions during the preparatory stage of sexual abuse. This article will argue that current discourses on grooming have created ambiguities and misunderstandings about child sexual abuse. In particular, the popular focus on ‘stranger danger’ belies the fact that the majority of children are abused by someone well known to them, where grooming can also occur. Current discourses also neglect other important facets of the sex offending… CONTINUE READING
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