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Conclusion: taking stock – plus c¸a change, plus c’est la meˆme chose?

BySandra Walklate, Jennifer Brown

This collection has contextualised and documented a vast array of theoretical and policy developments that, over the past 30 years or so, have contributed to the shifting contours of how we think about sexual violence and what interventions might be deemed appropriate when responding to sexual violence. Yet despite the powerful influence of second-wave feminism (Chesney-Lind 2006) and the formative work of Kelly (1988), used as the organising conceptual framework for the work presented in this collection, Stanko (2007) observes that she experiences more continuity with the past than change. Mooney (2007) asks in respect to domestic violence how it is that this can be such a public anathema but at the same time a private commonplace. Of course in this collection we have been concerned not just with domestic violence, but a wider range of sexual violences experienced not only by women but also by men, children and people of different ethnicities and sexualities. In the light of the focus of this book, then, Mooney’s question is an even more pertinent one.