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Revenge pornography: The influence of perpetrator-victim sex, observer sex and observer sexting experience on perceptions of seriousness and responsibility

Scott, A.J. and Gavin, Jeff. 2017. Revenge pornography: The influence of perpetrator-victim sex, observer sex and observer sexting experience on perceptions of seriousness and responsibility. Journal of Criminal Psychology, 8(2), pp. 162-172. ISSN 2009-3829 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

Drawing on gender-role stereotypes and defensive attribution theory, this study investigates the influence of perpetrator-victim sex, observer sex and observer sexting experience on perceptions of seriousness and responsibility in the context of revenge pornography. Two-hundred and thirty-nine university students read one of two versions of a hypothetical scenario, responded to items concerning their perceptions of the situation described, and responded to items concerning their sexting experience. Men were more likely to believe the situation was serious when it involved a male perpetrator and a female victim rather than vice versa. However, perpetrator-victim sex did not influence women’s perceptions. Participants without sexting experience were more likely than participants with sexting experience to believe the situation was serious, and to hold the victim responsible. Whilst there is a growing body of literature regarding revenge pornography from a legal perspective, there is little or no research on perceptions of revenge pornography situations. As the use of intimate images in relationships continues to rise, it is important to understand people’s attitudes and the extra-legal factors that shape them.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1108/JCP-05-2017-0024

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology > Forensic Psychology Unit

Dates:

DateEvent
14 August 2017Accepted
31 October 2017Published

Item ID:

20922

Date Deposited:

01 Sep 2017 09:42

Last Modified:

14 Feb 2019 11:14

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/20922

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