Culture and nondisclosure of child sexual abuse in Ghana: a theoretical and empirical exploration

Boakye, Kofi E. (2009) Culture and nondisclosure of child sexual abuse in Ghana: a theoretical and empirical exploration. Law & Social Inquiry, 34 (4). pp. 951-979. ISSN 1747-4469

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Abstract

The phenomenon of child sexual abuse has been widely acknowledged across many societies, including Ghana. Efforts to address this problem in Ghana have yielded limited success because this type of child abuse is severely underreported. This study explores the relevance of three cultural factors, namely, patriarchal nuances, (child) rape myth acceptance, and a “collective shame problem,” to the understanding of the problem of nondisclosure of child sexual abuse in Ghana. Evidence from an exploratory study provides support for the importance of these factors. The findings are discussed and the need for further research highlighted.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: child rape, sexual violence, Ghana
Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Kofi E Boakye
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2017 13:12
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2017 13:12
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/702006

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