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Patron saint of prostitutes: Josephine Butler and a Victorian scandal - Signed copy

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The 'steel rape' of women is a scandal that is almost forgotten today. In Victorian England, police forces were granted powers to force any woman they suspected of being a 'common prostitute' to undergo compulsory and invasive medical examinations, while women who refused to submit willingly - some as young as 13 - could be arrested and incarcerated. This scandal was exposed by Josephine Butler, a beautiful Evangelical campaigner who did not rest until she had ended the violation and helped repeal the Act that governed it. She went on to campaign against child prostitution, the trafficking of frightened girls from Britain to Europe, and government-sponsored brothels in India. In addition, Josephine was instrumental in raising the age of consent from 13 to 16. This is the poignant tale of a nineteenth-century woman who challenged taboos and conventions in order to campaign for the rights of her gender, no matter what walk of life. Her story is compelling - and unforgettable.

Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper.

Published 2014.

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Author(s):
Helen Mathers
Condition:
Fine
Dimensions:
234x156x24
EAN-13:
9780752492094
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-13:
9780752492094
Number of items:
1
Number of pages:
256
Publisher:
The History Press

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The 'steel rape' of women is a scandal that is almost forgotten today. In Victorian England, police forces were granted powers to force any woman they suspected of being a 'common prostitute' to undergo compulsory and invasive medical examinations, while women who refused to submit willingly - some as young as 13 - could be arrested and incarcerated. This scandal was exposed by Josephine Butler, a beautiful Evangelical campaigner who did not rest until she had ended the violation and helped repeal the Act that governed it. She went on to campaign against child prostitution, the trafficking of frightened girls from Britain to Europe, and government-sponsored brothels in India. In addition, Josephine was instrumental in raising the age of consent from 13 to 16. This is the poignant tale of a nineteenth-century woman who challenged taboos and conventions in order to campaign for the rights of her gender, no matter what walk of life. Her story is compelling - and unforgettable.

Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper.

Published 2014.

Author(s):
Helen Mathers
Condition:
Fine
Dimensions:
234x156x24
EAN-13:
9780752492094
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-13:
9780752492094
Number of items:
1
Number of pages:
256
Publisher:
The History Press

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