Center for Interdisziplinary Research

Zerstörerische Vorgänge.

Wenn Kinder und Jugendliche Missachtung und sexuelle Gewalt in sozialen Institutionen erfahren

Date: January 26 -28, 2011

Convenors: Sabine Andresen (Bielefeld), Jürgen Oelkers (Zürich), Wilhelm Heitmeyer (Bielefeld)

It is not just within their families that children and adolescents are exposed to violence and physical or mental abuse, but also in schools, residential care, associations and clubs, or churches. The growing public awareness in many countries along with the victims' own reports also attest to the fact that the social response of simply looking the other way and remaining silent is often just as painful for victims as the violence and abuse itself. The disregard of their dignity and integrity, the rejection of their complaints, and the denial of their credibility because of their youth are not just a mockery of the educational and social task of the institutions. They also confront victims with a social climate that condones violence and in which looking the other way and remaining silent become the norm.

The goal of the workshop is an interdisciplinary scientific discussion of the exposure of children and adolescents to violence and abuse in institutions and an analysis of the response of looking the other way and remaining silent. Framed by the way that childhood and adolescence in modern societies is organized as an interplay between families and institutions, it will start by concentrating on public institutions, then look at the perspectives of children and adolescents, before examining the changing framing conditions from 1945 to the present day.

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