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Child Pornography and Sexual Grooming: Legal and Societal Responses

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The main publication arising from this project is a book with Cambridge University Press, 2009:
Child pornography and sexual grooming provide case study exemplars of problems that society and law have sought to tackle to avoid not only actual, but also potential harm to children. Yet despite the considerable legal, political and societal concerns that these critical phenomena attract, they have not, thus far, been subjected to detailed socio-legal and theoretical scrutiny. How do society and law construct the harms of child pornography and grooming? What impact do constructions of the child have upon legal and societal responses to these phenomena? What has been the impetus behind the expanding criminalization of behaviour in these areas? These and other important questions are addressed within this work. The book explores critical tensions that exist within legal and social discourses, tensions which must be tackled to discourage moral panic reactions towards child pornography and grooming. It advocates a new, more rational approach towards combating these forms of exploitation.

I am currently working on a paper relating to compensation for child pornography victims and a co-authored paper with PhD student, Jamie-Lee Mooney, on the societal and legal challenges of group localised grooming.

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