'Today I speak': Exploring how victim-survivors use reddit

O'Neill, T 2018, ''Today I speak': Exploring how victim-survivors use reddit', International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 44-59.

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Title 'Today I speak': Exploring how victim-survivors use reddit
Author(s) O'Neill, T
Year 2018
Journal name International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy
Volume number 7
Issue number 1
Start page 44
End page 59
Total pages 16
Publisher Queensland University of Technology
Abstract Digital platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook and online communities on reddit, are increasingly used by victim-survivors across the world to post about their experiences of sexual violence. Emerging research suggests a variety of reasons why victim-survivors discuss their experiences online. This article contributes to this developing area of research by exploring the underlying motivations for victim-survivors using an online rape survivor community on reddit. This article questions how and why victim-survivors of sexual violence engage with digital technologies through content analysis of narratives posted to a public rape survivor forum on reddit. Overall, the study found that there are three primary motivators prompting survivors to access online communities: to find a supportive community; to seek advice; and for storytelling. The article uncovers some of the broader implications of online storytelling, suggesting that this is an important framework to consider online disclosures of sexual violence. Online communities like /r/rapecounseling might be conceptualised as spaces where counter-narratives of sexual violence are collectively shared. © 2018 The Author(s).
Subject Criminology not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Cyber justice
Digital technology
Sexual violence
Victim survivors
DOI - identifier 10.5204/ijcjsd.v7i1.402
Copyright notice © The Author(s) 2018 This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Licence. As an open access journal, articles are free to use, with proper attribution, in educational and other non-commercial settings.
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