Pamela Schultz

Pamela Schultz
Alfred University · Communication Studies

Doctor of Philosophy

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In this book, we have assessed the impact of framing sex offenders, and especially people who sexually abuse children, as monsters and predators who must be excluded from the human community. The exclusion of sex offenders is accomplished, in the criminal justice system, by imposing long prison terms as the first line of defense against lawbreakers...
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In order to live well together, we must have reasonable expectations about the conduct of others. Those expectations are grounded on proprieties of practice, adherence to which requires us to have moral and emotional capacities that enable responsiveness to others’ rights and needs. Capacities such as empathy, a sense of justice, care and concern,...
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On July 11, 2011, a monstrous act took place in an area widely considered to be one of the safest in the city of New York. That Monday, Liebby Kletzky, an 8-year-old from an ultra-Orthodox hassidic community in Brooklyn, lost his way while walking home from a day camp. He ran into Levi Aron, a 35-year-old hardware store clerk, who abducted the chil...
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On February 7, 1989, Earl Kenneth Shriner was convicted of kidnapping, raping, mutilating, and attempting to murder a 7-year-old boy in Tacoma, Washington. Shriner had a 24-year history of sexual violence, and had recently been released from prison after expiration of a prison term for kidnapping and assault of two teenage girls. Shriner has been d...
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This book is an analysis of the metaphorical structure of our responses to certain types of violent crimes. We focus on sex offenses, and specifically on child sexual abuse. By “responses” we include not just those of the criminal justice system in the United States, but also our everyday social responses to sex offenses as represented in the media...
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Monsters and predators frighten, entertain, and disgust us. The idea of a creature that is a volatile mixture of human and animal parts (the monster) triggers our visual and visceral imagination perhaps more than any other image. The fear of predation – literally, eating another’s flesh – disgusts and repels, but like rubberneckers who slow down to...
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We have argued that by framing sex offenders as monsters and sex crimes as monstrous we dehumanize and exclude them, thereby putting them outside the scope of preventive strategies. We have recommended a public health framework, and we have distinguished the two frameworks as “hot” and “cold” approaches to sex offending. However, we must conclude o...
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Enter the psychiatrist in her role as forensic expert witness. As we have seen, the creation of child sexual abuse as a public problem was not the end of the story, because in the mid-1990s, sensational news articles about the problem provided a resurgence of fear and loathing that demonized all sex offenders, and not just abusers of young children...
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“Sex offender” is a legal concept: he or she is a person who has violated statutes prohibiting improper sexual contact. Most of the conversation about sex offender statutes such as Megan’s Laws and Sexually Violent Predator Acts are about this legal category. Although the types of sexual offenses vary, as do the types of sex offenders, child sexual...
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Written at the dawn of the twenty-first century, pre-9/11, Edward J. Ingebretsen’s At Stake: Monsters and the Rhetoric of Fear in Public Culture focuses on an America in which monsters have familiar, even unremarkable, faces. There is Susan Smith, the cold-hearted mother who drowns her sons to appease her lover. Smith is joined by Andrew Cunanan, a...
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Law consists of a series of stories, narratives that embody the values and integrity of a culture. We define crimes, and label the individuals who commit them, along a continuum that moves from the merely unacceptable to the monstrous. One of the most heinous crimes in American society is considered to be child sexual abuse. The sexual abuser of ch...
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Can we say that corporations are "morally accountable" for their actions in the same sense as are human individuals? This essay describes three rhetorical strategies used by postmodern corporations to construct social realities and obscure individual causation and control. These rhetorical strategies are decen tering, deindividuation, and distancia...
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Typescript. Thesis (Ph. D.)--Wayne State University, 1994. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 205-217).

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The phenomenon of adults with Asperger's Syndrome downloading child pornography has become a problem with the increased power of the internet. The neuroscience of autism spectrum disorders, including Asperger's, and the importance to daily living of the computer and internet access for people on the spectrum, has helped create the issue, but the law has yet to find a way to treat the problem as a mental health issue and not a crime.