Sexual abuse and sexual violence has received significant attention in recent years with high profile cases of historic and non-recent abuse, child sexual exploitation, and a growing recognition of the scale of child sexual abuse in the family environment and of abuse and exploitation online. The UK Government has identified child sexual abuse as a national threat to be considered and dealt with on a par with terrorism, and thinking, discussion and debate has intensified in relation to how this challenge can most effectively be prevented.
The prevention of sexual abuse and violence is still in its infancy with empirical evidence of what works still limited; however, the burgeoning interest in prevention in the UK, the US, Australia, Aotearoa (New Zealand) and elsewhere has spawned innovative prevention practice and a developing body of evidence.
This special issue of JoSA aims to advance the theoretical and empirical knowledge base on current developments in the prevention of sexual abuse and violence.
While all submissions will be considered, the following topics are of particular interest:
- Preventing sexual abuse and violence in the education sector (schools through to colleges and universities)
- What works in the engagement of communities in preventing sexual abuse and violence
- The prevention of sexual abuse and violence perpetrated by young people
- Latest developments in the prevention of sexual abuse and violence online
- How to evaluate and effectively use evaluation in the prevention of sexual abuse and violence
- A critical review of prevention learning and evidence development over the last decade.
Submission criteria and review policy
Submissions must be in the range of 4,000 to 6,000 words (including title page, main body of the article, footnotes, references, tables and figures), excluding the abstract. The abstract must be no longer than 150 words. Manuscript submissions will be considered starting as soon as possible, continuing on a rolling basis until 1 December 2017 or sooner if the edition has accepted a sufficient number of papers before then. All submissions will be double-blind peer reviewed.
Complete guidelines for preparing and submitting your manuscript to the Journal of Sexual Aggression are available on the Instructions for Authors webpage, located here.
- Guest Editor: Jon Brown M.Sc, NSPCC, UK
- Guest Editor: Kieran McCartan PhD, University of the West of England, UK