A multi-country study of image-based sexual abuse: Extent, relational nature and correlates of victimisation experiences

Powell, Anastasia; Scott, Adrian J.; Flynn, Asher and McCook, Sarah. 2022. A multi-country study of image-based sexual abuse: Extent, relational nature and correlates of victimisation experiences. Journal of Sexual Aggression, ISSN 1355-2600 [Article] (In Press)

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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 16 years of age. Logistic regression analyses further identified that demographic characteristics (age, sexuality, disability/assistance), attitudes towards IBSA, and experiential variables (online dating and sexual self-image behaviours, IBSA perpetration) were each predictors of IBSA victimisation. Though gender did not predict the overall extent of IBSA victimisation, 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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The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by Australian Research Council (ARC) funding for the project “Revenge Pornography: The implications for law reform” (DP170101433).

“This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in the Journal of Sexual Aggression on 5 September 2022, available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13552600.2022.2119292. It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.”


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

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Psychology > Forensic Psychology Unit


26 August 2022Accepted
5 September 2022Published Online

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16 Sep 2022 09:38

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16 Sep 2022 14:17

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