The Internet and child sexual offending : a criminological review

Beech, Anthony R., Elliot, Ian A., Birgden, Astrid and Findlater, Donald 2008, The Internet and child sexual offending : a criminological review, Aggression and violent behavior, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 216-228, doi: 10.1016/j.avb.2008.03.007.

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Title The Internet and child sexual offending : a criminological review
Author(s) Beech, Anthony R.
Elliot, Ian A.
Birgden, Astrid
Findlater, Donald
Journal name Aggression and violent behavior
Volume number 13
Issue number 3
Start page 216
End page 228
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2008-06
ISSN 1359-1789
Keyword(s) Internet
child abuse
child pornography
pedophile networks
Summary This paper outlines the current literature on what is known about the processes by which individuals utilize the Internet for child sexual abuse. First, three ways in which the Internet is utilized are outlined: (1) by dissemination of sexually abusive images of children for personal and/or commercial reasons; (2) by communication with other individuals with a sexual interest in children: and (3) by maintaining and developing online pedophilic networks. Second, content and availability of abusive images are described, and the difficulties faced by criminal justice agencies in both the definition of abusive images and their prohibition is discussed. Third, the potential for offenders to ‘cross-over’ from online offenses to contact sexual victimization of children is examined and placed within a context of various Internet offender typologies that have been developed. Finally, implications of this body of research for law and public policy are considered.
Notes Cover date : June-July 2008
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.avb.2008.03.007
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Elsevier Ltd
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