Editorial Board of Dignity
Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
Beginning in 2016, Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation and Violence
is a “forum for research, discussion, and analysis on how… sexual exploitation, violence, and slavery… harm the dignity and health of individuals, the integrity and security of communities, and the strength and character of nations.” It offers a space in which “practitioners, advocates and service providers pcan] report on interventions, movements and progress on healing individuals, rehabilitating communities and transforming states into actors where justice serves all people, regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, nationality, class, caste or religion.” The journal’s ultimate goal is “to give people the tools to end sexual exploitation, violence, and slavery.”
The international editorial board is composed of distinguished scholars and practitioners in family law, medical ethics, agencies working against human trafficking and sexual exploitation, and academic departments of women’s studies. In her welcome to the journal in the first issue, co-editor Donna M. Hughes notes the journal’s name “is based on the universal principle that all people have the right to be valued and respected and that acts of violence and exploitation are extreme violations of those rights. Dignity
is the founding premise of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which begins: ‘recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.””
That first issue of Dignity
also included the excellent editorial, “Donald Trump and the Sex Industry
,” by Robert Brannon of the National Organization for Men Against Sexism
, which examined Trump’s “inappropriate personal conduct toward many women” and his “extensive public involvement with several aspects of the commercial sex industry.” As horrible as I had thought “serial woman–abuser” Donald Trump’s behavior to have been, the listing of his exploitative actions and practices as documented in the article horrified me anew. That issue also contains the research articles, “Amnesty International's Empty Promises: Decriminalization, Prostituted Women, and Sex Trafficking,” “Predictors of Readiness to Exit Commercial Sexual Exploitation Among Women in India and the U.S.,’"He Told Me that My Waist and Private Parts Have Been Ravaged by Demons:" Sexual Exploitation of Female Church Members by "Prophets" in Nigeria,’ three Frontline Reports (“Fish,” an account of the author’s abuse at the hands of her father and a family “friend”; “Sexual Victimization of Male Refugees and Migrants: Camps, Homelessness, and Survival Sex,” and “From Victim to Healer: How Surviving Sex Trafficking Informs Therapeutic Practice”); the Press and Media Review, “2016-The Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of Spinifex Press”; and Book Reviews of Exit
by Grizelda Grootboom and Prosecuted but Not Silenced: Courtroom Reform for Sexually Abused Children
by Maralee McLean.
Other issues of Dignity
offer a host of articles researching and recording the sexual exploitation of women, men, and children, with the Volume 2, Issue 3 (2017) issue focusing on the special theme of Freedom from Sexploitation
. This is an important emerging journal to which scholars, clinicians, therapists, social workers, and government agencies at the local, national, and international levels need to have ready access; librarians need to bring it to their attention. Strongly recommended.
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