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Sibling Sexual Abuse: Offending Patterns and Dynamics in Conferences

Debate on the appropriateness of conferences in cases of gendered violence1 has been occurring since the mid 1990s (Braithwaite and Daly 1994). Critics are concerned with power imbalances of victims and perpetrators in face-toface meetings and the potential for re-victimizing victims. Others see benefits, including a victim’s ability to voice the story of her victimization and its impact, and to be validated and believed by others.