About the author: Pamela D. Schultz teaches in the Communications Studies Program at Alfred University. She received her PhD from Wayne State University. Since 1995, she has worked with incarcerated sex offenders in a medium-security correctional facility in Western New York. In addition to scholarly publications, Schultz has had a number of articles focusing on child sexual abuse and sex offender community notification policies published in newspapers across the US, including New York Newsday, the Chicago Tribune, the Buffalo News, and the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.
2001 0-7734-7606-7 The foundation of this analysis is that child sexual abuse is a form of communication that stems from, and perpetuates, the power hierarchy of the social structure. The study asks the questions: What do the stories of survivors and perpetrators tell us about the nature of child sexual abuse? What do these stories tell us about the power relations between the survivors and perpetrators as well as the society that breeds sexual abuse. It identifies rhetorical strategies and uses them to identify patterns in the discourse of survivors and abusers. The ultimate goal is to analyze the discourse surrounding sexual abuse in an attempt to shift the rhetorical emphasis from misunderstanding and blame to understanding and affirmation.