Characteristics of the Internet for criminal child sexual abuse by online groomers

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Davidson, J. and Gottschalk, P. 2011. Characteristics of the Internet for criminal child sexual abuse by online groomers. Criminal Justice Studies. 24 (1), pp. 23-36. https://doi.org/10.1080/1478601X.2011.544188
TypeArticle
TitleCharacteristics of the Internet for criminal child sexual abuse by online groomers
AuthorsDavidson, J. and Gottschalk, P.
Abstract

This paper presents a number of characteristics of the Internet that makes it attractive to online groomers. Relevant Internet characteristics include disconnected personal communication, mediating technology, universality, network externalities, distribution channel, time moderator, low‐cost standard, electronic double, electronic double manipulation, information asymmetry, infinite virtual capacity, independence in time and space, cyberspace, and dynamic social network. Potential sex offenders join virtual communities, where they meet other persons who have the same interest. A virtual community provides an online meeting place where people with similar interests can communicate and find useful information. Communication between members may be via email, bulletin boards, online chat, web‐based conferencing or other computer‐based media.

KeywordsInternet, online grooming, child abuse, offender behaviour
Research GroupCentre for Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS)
PublisherTaylor and Francis
JournalCriminal Justice Studies
ISSN1478-601X
Publication dates
Online14 Mar 2011
Publication process dates
Deposited10 Jun 2014
Output statusPublished
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/1478601X.2011.544188
LanguageEnglish
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