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Title: An investigation into online sexual grooming and abuse of children via internet technologies
Author: Kloess, Juliane
ISNI:       0000 0004 5359 3022
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2015
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This thesis investigates offences of online sexual grooming and abuse of children via Internet technologies. The literature review of online child sexual exploitation (Chapter 1) demonstrated that there is a lack of research studying this phenomenon using real-world data. This is followed by four empirical chapters (Chapters 2-5). Chapter 2 reports on a study that examined offenders’ (n = 5) modus operandi as part of sexually exploitative interactions with victims through transcripts of chat logs. Interactions were of a highly sexual nature, in which offenders used a range of manipulative strategies to engage victims. In Chapter 3, a descriptive account of the offence processes of these interactions (n = 29) is provided. Offenders employed either an indirect or a direct approach, further reflected in the types of strategies they used. Two offenders (indirect) engaged in aspects of sexual grooming; the majority of interactions by the other three offenders (direct) lacked features thereof. Chapter 4 examined victims’ (n = 22) behaviour and responses to approaches by offenders within their interactions. Most victims appeared to engage therein out of curiosity and sexual exploration/experimentation, while other victims presented with vulnerability factors (e.g., personal/psychological problems, sexual abuse experiences) that may have made them more vulnerable to contact by offenders, leading to serious offences of sexual abuse. Finally, to gain a fuller understanding of offenders’ point of view, their lived experiences of sexual grooming offences were explored through qualitative interviews (Chapter 5). Offenders employed narratives of ‘being trapped in a lie’ and ‘repenting a moral error’, through which they described the meaning they attach to these experiences. The overall discussion (Chapter 6) considers the findings of the review and research, and concludes with a discussion of limitations, implications and areas for future research.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology ; HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare