“Expert disputes girls’ crime wave”

“Expert disputes girls’ crime wave”
By Simon Collins, The New Zealand Herald
November 29, 2012

A world expert on women and crime says a “moral panic” about violent girls is seeing more of them arrested and jailed, even though evidence suggests they are actually becoming less violent.

Meda Chesney-Lind, a Hawaiian women’s studies professor who is in Auckland for a criminology conference, said the panic was fuelled by media firms appealing to chauvinist men by portraying women – especially black women – as violent.

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