Criminal Justice Research Center Presents:

 

 


“Boys, Rape and Masculinity: Reclaiming Boys’ Narratives of Sexual Violence in Custody”


Professor Brenda V. Smith
American University, Washington College of Law
Director, Project on Addressing Prison Rape


Thursday, October 1, 2015
Noon – 1:30 pm


The Ohio State University
Room 217 Journalism Building
242 W. 18th Ave., Columbus, OH 43210

 

Abstract

This seminar will examine a little studied area at the intersections of masculinity, feminist
studies, and criminal justice – sexual abuse of boys in custody by female staff. The seminar will
outline the scope of the problem and discuss competing narratives that attempt to explain the
phenomena: (1) female staff as “mother, sister, or friend”; (2) adolescent development theory; (3)
complex early childhood trauma; and (4) female authority and power. I find a gap in both
masculinity and feminist theory in analyzing sexual aggression and power by women over boys. The
seminar will conclude with policy and practice prescription and recommendations for
further theoretical development in the masculinity and feminist theory spaces to account for these phenomonia.

Pizza and refreshments will be served

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