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Karla Homolka: victim or agent? Women, violence and gray zones

Karla Homolka: victim or agent? Women, violence and gray zones

Banwell, Stacy ORCID: 0000-0001-7395-2617 Karla Homolka: victim or agent? Women, violence and gray zones. In: British Society of Criminology Conference, 12 July 2010, Leicsester. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This paper is based upon the case of Karla Homolka. Karla's case is problematic. Karla was both a victim and a perpetrator of sexual violence. Despite her seemingly active participation in sexual violence, her agency and her legal culpability remain contested issues. Many have attempted to answer the overarching question: was she a coerced/compliant victim or a culpable perpetrator? This paper will attempt to resolve the tension between her non-agency and her legal responsibility by drawing upon Primo Levi's (1988) concept of 'gray zones'.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sexual violence; victim; perpetrator
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Humanities & Social Sciences > Department of Law & Criminology
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:38
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/15138

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