Perpetration of image-based sexual abuse: Extent, nature and correlates in a multi-country sample

Powell, Anastasia; Scott, Adrian J.; Flynn, Asher and McCook, Sarah. 2022. Perpetration of image-based sexual abuse: Extent, nature and correlates in a multi-country sample. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 37(23-24), NP22864-NP22889. ISSN 0886-2605 [Article]

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This study examined Image-Based Sexual Abuse (IBSA) victimisation in the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand (n = 6,109). Findings showed that 37.7% (n=2,306) of respondents had at least one IBSA victimisation experience since age 16. Logistic regression analyses further identified that demographic characteristics (age, sexuality, disability/assistance), attitudes towards IBSA, and experiential variables (including online behaviours) were each predictors of IBSA victimisation. Though gender did not explain overall extent, the relational contexts and impacts of IBSA remained gendered in particular ways. Implications of the study are discussed with respect to conceptualising gendered violence and future research.

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This work was supported by Australian Research Council (ARC) funding for the project “Revenge Pornography: The implications for law reform” (DP170101433).

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image-based sexual abuse; technology-facilitated sexual violence; victimisation; gendered violence

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Psychology > Forensic Psychology Unit


16 December 2021Accepted
21 February 2022Published Online
December 2022Published

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16 May 2022 09:48

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03 Jan 2023 10:57

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