Perceptions of child sexual abuse in a hypothetical cybersexploitation case : the importance of perpetrator honesty, outcome type, and respondent gender.

Davies, M and Rogers, Paul and Hood, Paul A. (2009) Perceptions of child sexual abuse in a hypothetical cybersexploitation case : the importance of perpetrator honesty, outcome type, and respondent gender. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 18 (4). pp. 422-441. ISSN 1053-8712 (Print)

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Abstract

This study investigated perceptions of child sexual abuse in a hypothetical cybersexploitation case. Men were predicted to be more negative toward the victim than were women. Victims were predicted to be more negatively judged when they consented to sex than when they did not and when they were lied to than when they were not. Two hundred and seventy-six respondents read a sexual abuse depiction in which the perpetrator's disclosure about his age (being honest from the outset, lying, or refusing to disclose when questioned) and the final outcome of the meeting (consensual verses nonconsensual sexual intercourse) were varied between subjects. Respondents then completed a 17-item attribution scale. ANOVAs revealed broad support for the predictions. Results have implications for education about cybercrime.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final definitive version of this article was published in Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, Vol.18(4) Copyright Taylor & Francis Group. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse can be found online here http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/wcsa20/current
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: School of Education and Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Dr M Lowe
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2016 09:33
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2016 09:33
Identification Number: 10.1080/10538710903051104
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/718

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