Ciencia, docencia y tecnología
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LEDESMA, María et al. Modes of Public Visibility of Child Sexual Abuse. Cienc. docencia tecnol. [online]. 2010, n.40, pp. 75-96. ISSN 1851-1716.
This paper presents the results of a research study in the field of Social Semiotics that questioned the topic of child sexual abuse from a scarcely explored aspect: strong media presence. The focus was placed on the degree of public visibility understood in terms of iconicity and image since it was assumed, as a preliminary hypothesis, that it is in the ways of veiling/hiding/spectacularizing the victims and their perpetrators where we can trace the survival of the taboo that situates the victims of abuse in the field of the forbidden and shameful. Among other considerations, it was observed that media relevance of the issue establishes recurrent equivalence between care/exhibition of the identity of the victims of child sexual abuse and care/exhibition of protagonists of youth violence.
Palabras clave : Social-semiotics; Media production; Discursive practices; Child sexual abuse.