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Internet users’ beliefs about a novice-user of child sexual abuse material (CSAM): what can they tell us about introducing offender-focused prevention initiatives?

Hunn, C ORCID: 0000-0002-0691-647X, Prichard, J ORCID: 0000-0002-8481-7100 and Cockburn, H ORCID: 0000-0002-5735-098X 2021 , 'Internet users’ beliefs about a novice-user of child sexual abuse material (CSAM): what can they tell us about introducing offender-focused prevention initiatives?' , Victims & Offenders , pp. 1-21 , doi: 10.1080/15564886.2020.1865224.

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Abstract

Interest in preventing child sexual abuse material (CSAM) offending is growing. A variety of initiatives have been proposed, including the use of warning messages triggered by keyword searches. An under-explored question is how the public might perceive such initiatives. Existing research reveals that the public holds very negative views about individuals labeled ‘sex offenders’ and ‘pedophiles’. Yet, little is known about how the public views individuals who commit CSAM offenses. This study explores the beliefs of 491 young adult Internet users toward a hypothetical novice-user of CSAM. Using thematic analysis, five key themes are identified. Informed by this analysis, implications for introducing prevention initiatives are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Hunn, C and Prichard, J and Cockburn, H
Keywords: child sexual abuse material, prevention, offenders, public views, warning messages
Journal or Publication Title: Victims & Offenders
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1556-4886
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/15564886.2020.1865224
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Copyright 2021 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC

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