Preventing Sexual Violence
Problems and Possibilities

1: Rendering the Ordinary Extraordinary in Order to Facilitate Prevention: The Case of (Sexual) Violence against Women

Prevention is a seductive concept. It has a wide range of positive connotations largely derivable from the medical world. However, in order to prevent, it is important to locate the cause and have an accurate picture of the associated epidemiology of the problem. The purpose of this chapter is to examine the extent to which either of these factors are present in what is known about sexual violence and further to explore the extent to which what is known informs preventive strategies. Starting from the position that violence (against women) is 'an everyday experience this chapter will consider the ways in which strategies designed to prevent sexual violence actually deny the ordinariness of such, but rather rely on rendering it extra-ordinary in order to render such strategies justifiable. These practices of denial, by implication, also deny what is known about its causes and its epidemiology. As a result, such practices tent to serve the interests of the professionals engaged in then rather than those so afflicted by such violence

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