Title

In Mother's Lap: Forging Care and Kinship in Documentary Protocols of Sexual Assault Intervention

Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

21 p.

Publication Date

10-2011

Publisher

Sage Publications

Source Publication

Law, Culture and the Humanities

Source ISSN

1743-8721

Original Item ID

doi: 10.1177/1743872110378640

Abstract

In this article, I examine the documentary practices of forensic intervention into sexual assault as they reveal a larger set of imaginaries about kinship, gender, violence and healing. In the course of the forensic encounter, sexual assault victims frequently disclose victimization by intimates or relatives. The reading practices and audit mechanisms to which forensic documents are subjected reveal tensions between the real-life experiences of sexual assault victims and their families on the one hand, and institutional imaginaries of care and victimization on the other.

Comments

Law, Culture and the Humanities, Vol. 7, No. 3 (October 2011): 413-433. DOI.