Digital harassment and abuse: Experiences of sexuality and gender minority adults

Powell, A, Scott, A and Henry, N 2018, 'Digital harassment and abuse: Experiences of sexuality and gender minority adults', European Journal of Criminology, pp. 1-25.

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Title Digital harassment and abuse: Experiences of sexuality and gender minority adults
Author(s) Powell, A
Scott, A
Henry, N
Year 2018
Journal name European Journal of Criminology
Start page 1
End page 25
Total pages 25
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Abstract Digital harassment and abuse refers to a range of harmful, interpersonal behaviours experienced via the internet, as well as via mobile phone and other electronic communication devices. Whereas much existing research has focused on the experiences of children and young people (including foremost 'cyberbullying'), there have been few international studies on adult experiences of digital harassment and abuse. As such, little is currently known about the extent, nature and impacts of digital harassment and abuse on adult victims. In particular, there exists a significant gap in current research into sexual, sexuality and gender based digital harassment and abuse. This article draws on findings from a larger research project in which we surveyed 2956 Australian adults and 2842 British adults (aged 18 to 54) about their experiences of technology-facilitated sexual violence (TFSV). The data presented here focus on the experiences of sexuality diverse adults (n = 282) who identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual or heterosexual, as well as gender diverse adults (n = 90), including women, men and transgender individuals. Results suggest that transgender individuals experience higher rates of digital harassment and abuse overall, and higher rates of sexual, sexuality and gender based harassment and abuse, as compared with heterosexual cisgender individuals. Implications of the findings are discussed with respect to policy, prevention, and future research.
Subject Criminological Theories
Causes and Prevention of Crime
Keyword(s) Digital criminology
hate speech
sexual harassment
DOI - identifier 10.1177/1477370818788006
Copyright notice © The Author(s) 2018.
ISSN 1477-3708
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