Breaking myths: time to address the multidimensional concerns of child sexual abuse

Aswathy Sukumaran Ettungapady
4th Semester LL.M, Government Law College, Thiruvananthapuram


Myths are stories that resonate within a culture. Myths flow from a conceptual background of social stability, predictability, and equity. Crime is projected as an exception to this rule and the cause of rupture in the social order. New social problems emerge to dredge old myths to remind us of who the criminals are and how to go about solving crime problems. When crime control policy is developed based on myths or misconceptions, it has the effect of diverting resources and attention from real social problems. Myths can be only challenged by critically processing information. Breaking myths is very important and in fact primordial in removing the misconceptions about crimes and thus constructing new methodologies to tackle the menace of crimes. There are many myths associated with child abuse that has to be ruled against beforehand attempting to find a permanent solution to this problem. The existing myths contradict the present socio-cultural moralities of the society; such is what comes to light through the endless incidents of abuse reported every year. Changing family environment, value system and increasing conflicts in the social and political scenario has effects on childhood development.

Keywords: Myths, Child abuse, Child rights, Safe Family, Punishment

Preferred Citation:

Aswathy Sukumaran Ettungapady, Breaking myths: time to address the multidimensional concerns of child sexual abuse, The Lex-Warrier: Online Law Journal, (2020) 1, pp. 26 – 31, ISSN (O): 2319-8338

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