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Victimhood, ‘Sexual deceit’ and the social origins of the criminalization of HIV transmission.

Tomsen, Stephen
June 4, 2015

Source: (2009) Australia and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference 2009: Conference Proceedings. Pg. 266-274.

In recent years observers of the long-term shaping of the Australian HIV epidemic as a health matter, have witnessed an
unexpected run of legal complaints and cases for homosexual and heterosexual transmission. It appears that an important
part of the social drive behind these claims is an unintended effect of positive social movement activity. A new confidence
about reporting victimisation is an outcome of feminist, gay and lesbian, and HIV advocacy in the public sexual arena. The
mixed outcomes of such advocacy are now visible in individualised grievances that potentially undermine the collective
ethical project of safe sex. (Authors abstract)


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