A discursive analysis of compliance, resistance and escalation to threats in sexually exploitative interactions between offenders and male children

Seymour‐Smith, S. ORCID: 0000-0002-1213-9160 and Kloess, J.A., 2021. A discursive analysis of compliance, resistance and escalation to threats in sexually exploitative interactions between offenders and male children. British Journal of Social Psychology. ISSN 0144-6665

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Abstract

There is a notable scarcity of empirical studies focusing on online sexual grooming using real world, naturally occurring data. Limited research with real victims (as opposed to decoys) has indicated that more overt forceful threats are employed by offenders in such interaction; however, they tell us little about how these threats are built up and managed by both parties. Furthermore, the majority of research focuses on female victims, with limited attention paid to male victims. The current study presents a discursive psychology analysis of chat logs between one offender (posing as a teenage girl) and five male victims under the age of 16 years, in order to explore how victims attempt to resist such manoeuvres in situ, and how offenders manage such resistance. The sexualized nature evidenced in our data contrasts with other findings which suggest that boys are not sexually solicited and that interactions with boys are less aggressive and forceful. Our findings demonstrate for the first time how an offender escalated his issuing of threats following victims’ resistance and non‐compliance to requests. Turning points that appeared odd in the online interactions suggest that they may be used to encourage children to be more reflective about any further engagement.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: British Journal of Social Psychology
Creators: Seymour‐Smith, S. and Kloess, J.A.
Publisher: Wiley
Date: 22 January 2021
ISSN: 0144-6665
Identifiers:
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10.1111/bjso.12437DOI
1404407Other
Rights: © 2021 The Authors. British Journal of Social Psychology published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of British Psychological Society. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 01 Feb 2021 11:09
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2021 11:09
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/42155

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