Professor Carolyn Warner and Associate Professor Jan Breckenridge
Various inquiries have been funded in many jurisdictions to identify the extent of and the effects on victims and survivors of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) perpetrated in an institutional context. In this joint seminar - part of an emerging PLuS Alliance consortium of scholars focused on gendered violence - both presenters will comment on how institutions reproduce or intersect with gender and other concomitant inequalities, as well as the development of more effective institutional responses to disclosures of CSA. Professor Warner will present research on how the Catholic Church in the U.S. has responded to clergy CSA, exploring some of the unanticipated ramifications of allowing religious institutions to maintain autonomy and rely on internal legal systems to handle CSA. Associate Professor Jan Breckenridge will present findings from research commissioned by Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse which examined the support and service needs of victims from different institutional contexts, particularly in relation to two population groups - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and children with a disability.
Professor Carolyn Warner is a PLuS Alliance Fellow from the School of Politics and Global Studies, Arizona State University. Carolyn's main teaching and research areas are religion and politics, and corruption. This presentation is from her ongoing research project on the politics of sex abuse in the Catholic Church and military in the U.S., Australia and the United Kingdom. She will be a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in the 2017-18 academic year. She has published books with Princeton and Cornell University presses, and has one forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.
Associate Professor Jan Breckenridge from the UNSW School of Social Sciences is the Co-Convener of the Gendered Violence Research Network. Jan has undertaken extensive work and research in the areas of trauma, domestic, family and sexual violence, gender issues and child abuse since 1986. Her primary areas of current research interest include workplace and other institutional responses to gendered violence, specifically domestic and family violence, sexual assault and child sexual abuse. She is undertaking or has recently completed related research projects for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and the Australian Defence Force.
4.30pm - 5.00pm
5.00pm - 6.00pm
This is a free event but registration is essential.