A City Possessed: The Christchurch Civic Crèche Case : Child Abuse, Gender Politics and the Law

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Longacre Press, 2001 - Child sexual abuse - 672 pages
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'A City Possessed' is a strong, compelling and shocking story about one of New Zealand's most high-profile criminal cases - a story of child abuse allegations, gender politics and the law. In detailing the events and debates leading up to and surrounding the Christchurch Civic Cr che case, Lynley Hood shows how such a case could happen, and why. Her penetrating analysis of the social and legal processes by which the conviction of Peter Ellis was obtained, and has been repeatedly upheld, has far-reaching implications - not only for our justice system, but for the way in which we see ourselves.

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Contents

Chronology
8
WHATS THE PROBLEM?
19
SEX SEXISM AND THE NEW DEMONOLOGY
36
Crimen exceptum
72
CHRISTCHURCH POSSESSED
115
AND A LITTLE CHILD SHALL MISLEAD THEM
167
A COMPLAINT HAS BEEN MADE
232
PARENTS IN TERROR OF ABUSE DISCOVERY
299
DEPOSITIONS
431
PRETRIAL MANOEUVRES
453
THE TRIAL
475
The End
507
THE AFTERMATH
531
THE ROYAL PREROGATIVE OF MERCY
581
Doing justice
591
IT IS A CASE THAT SIMPLY WILL NOT GO AWAY
603

The whole creche thing has BLOWN UP
336
A Sustained Campaign of StateFunded
361
Concerns of Abuse by Other Creche Staff
380
They were all under suspicion
397
References
617
Index
658
Copyright

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