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Public perceptions of internet, familial and localised sexual grooming: predicting perceived prevalence and safety

Williams, Matthew Leighton and Hudson, Kirsty Joanne 2013. Public perceptions of internet, familial and localised sexual grooming: predicting perceived prevalence and safety. Journal of Sexual Aggression 19 (2) , pp. 218-235. 10.1080/13552600.2012.705341

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Abstract

This paper examines public perceptions of three sexual grooming types: computer-mediated sexual grooming (CMSG), familial sexual grooming (FSG) and localised sexual grooming (LSG). Using data from a national survey of 557 respondents from the United Kingdom, we tested models that predicted perceptions of the prevalence of CMSG, FSG and LSG and the perceived safety of internet, familial and localised grooming spaces. Media-related factors were the most significant in predicting higher levels of perceived prevalence of CMSG and disagreement in relation to safety of internet and public spaces. Knowledge of a grooming victim was most significant in predicting higher levels of perceived prevalence of FSG and LSG and higher levels disagreement in relation to the safety of the home. The findings suggest that the public express too little concern over familial sexual grooming and that initiatives should be introduced to make citizens more aware of the distinctions between types of sexual grooming behaviours, settings and offenders.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice (CCLJ)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Uncontrolled Keywords: computer-mediated sexual grooming; familial sexual grooming; localised sexual grooming; media and sexual grooming
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1355-2600
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 05:10
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/49150

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