Parts 1 & 4...originally published in Lear's Magazine, February 1992, 49-64
Copied from Annual Editions Reader: Deviant Behavior 96/97
Guilford, CT: Dushkin Publishing Group/Brown and Benchmark Publishers
This stunning and disturbing first hand account of incest is indeed a "chilling report." Of particular interest is the definition of incest used by Vanderbilt...its broadness is instructive (i.e. beyond "blood relations") and can also be used, I believe, outside the context of "sexual abuse." In other words, as a "social relation" (ala Weber...a manner or way of "orienting" to another or "taking them into account" in a particular way) it could very well describe many if not most hierarchial relations in our society.
Vanderbilt's definition, found on page 65, is as follows:
"What exactly is incest? The definition I use in this article is: any sexual abuse of a child by a relative or other person in a position of trust and authority over the child. It is the violation of the child where he or she lives--literally and metaphorically. A child molested by a stranger can run home for help and comfort. A victim of incest cannot."
These are jpg images of each page of Vanderbilt's article: