Abstract

This article studies a judicial case that came before Venetian law in 1785 concerning a man accused of taking a sexual interest in an eight-year-old girl. The article attempts to place this case in the social, legal, and cultural context of eighteenth-century Venice, and addresses the question of what it meant to prosecute such a case in the late eighteenth century, before the existence of any clear concept of the sexual abuse of children. The article uses Casanova's memoirs as the principal cultural point of reference for considering the libertine view of children as sexual targets.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-315X
Print ISSN
0013-2586
Pages
pp. 417-440
Launched on MUSE
2005-03-28
Open Access
No
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