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First published: September 1, 2023 - Last updated: September 1, 2023


Author: Louise Heren

Title: Sex and Violence in 1920s Scotland

Subtitle: Incest, Rape, Lewd and Libidinous Practices, 1918-1930

Place: London

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Year: 2023

Pages: 272pp.

Series: History of Crime, Deviance and Punishment

ISBN-13: 9781350227774 (hbk.) - Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781350227798 (EPUB) - Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781350227781 (PDF) - Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | European History: Scottish History | Types: Rape / Child Sexual Abuse


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  1. Scotland in Context
  Part I: Intimate Violence
  2. The Love Whose Name Others Dared Not Speak: Incest
  3. Outrages on Little Girls: Sexual Violence Against Girls Under 16 Years
  4. Vice and Virtue: Sexual Violence Against Adult Women
  Part II: Recourse to the Law
  5. Getting to Court: From Reporting to Prosecuting Sexual Crime
  6. Behind Closed Doors: The Judicial Process from Verdict to Sentencing
  7. Conclusion: Sexual Entitlement and Arrogance

Description: »Using case records of prosecutions at the Scottish High Court of Justiciary between 1918 and 1930, this book takes a quantitative and qualitative approach to understand sexual violence in Scotland at this time. Analysing legal records alongside victim and witness testimonies, Louise Heren analyses who committed sexual violence against whom, where and how and, to an extent, looks to uncover the victims' voice.
Assessing how the courts responded, Sex and Violence in 1920s Scotland reveals that, despite pejorative views of working-class female behaviour, the successful conversion of prosecutions to convictions was greater than what is seen in modern sexual assault cases. In a society adjusting to post-conflict stresses, there were fears expressed in middle-class circles that those most affected by the First World War might react with violence. However, the High Court archives suggest otherwise. Cases of incest, rape and sexual assault appears to have been endemic, an opportunistic crime against older victims yet often pre-meditated against the youngest; selfish crimes that suggest toxic masculinity among some working-class men. The book concludes with the ultimate question: why did these men perpetrate sexual violence?« (Source: Bloomsbury Publishing)

Thesis: Heren, Louise. 'An ugly epoch': Male sexual violence in interwar Scotland, 1918-1930. Ph.D. Thesis, St Andrews University, 2020. - Bibliographic Entry: [Info]

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