Image-based sexual abuse: The extent, nature, and predictors of perpetration in a community sample of Australian adults

Powell, A, Henry, N, Flynn, A and Scott, A 2019, 'Image-based sexual abuse: The extent, nature, and predictors of perpetration in a community sample of Australian adults', Computers in Human Behavior, vol. 92, pp. 393-402.


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Title Image-based sexual abuse: The extent, nature, and predictors of perpetration in a community sample of Australian adults
Author(s) Powell, A
Henry, N
Flynn, A
Scott, A
Year 2019
Journal name Computers in Human Behavior
Volume number 92
Start page 393
End page 402
Total pages 10
Publisher Pergamon Press
Abstract Image-based sexual abuse (IBSA) involves three key behaviors: the non-consensual taking or creation of nude or sexual images; the non-consensual sharing or distribution of nude or sexual images; and threats made to distribute nude or sexual images. IBSA is becoming increasingly criminalized internationally, representing an important and rapidly developing cybercrime issue. This paper presents findings of the first national online survey of self-reported lifetime IBSA perpetration in Australia (n=4053), with a focus on the extent, nature, and predictors of perpetration. Overall, 11.1% (n=411) of participants self-reported having engaged in some form of IBSA perpetration during their lifetime, with men significantly more likely to report IBSA perpetration than women. With regard to the nature of perpetration, participants reported targeting men and women at similar rates, and were more likely to report perpetrating against intimate partners or ex-partners, family members and friends than strangers or acquaintances. Logistic regression analyses identified that males, lesbian, gay or bisexual participants, participants with a self-reported disability, participants who accepted sexual image-based abuse myths, participants who engaged in or experienced sexual self-image behaviors, and participants who had a nude or sexual image of themselves taken, distributed, and/or threatened to be distributed without their consent were more likely to have engaged in some form of IBSA perpetration during their lifetime.
Subject Criminological Theories
Causes and Prevention of Crime
Keyword(s) Image-based sexual abuse
Cybercrime
Perpetration
Revenge pornography
Victimization
Non-consensual pornography
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.chb.2018.11.009
Copyright notice © 2018 Published by Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN 0747-5632
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