Understanding social judgments of and proclivities to commit upskirting

Fido, D., Harper, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-3172-0129, Duff, S. and Page, T., 2024. Understanding social judgments of and proclivities to commit upskirting. Sexual Abuse. ISSN 1079-0632 (Forthcoming)

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Against a backdrop of legislative change that sees the taking of private sexual images underneath the clothing of a non-consenting other being made a criminal offence –upskirting–there is a need to understand the public’s judgments of, and motivations to perpetrate said behavior. In this study (N= 490), we investigated whether judgments of upskirting differed as a function of victim sex (male, female) and their perceived attractiveness (attractive, unattractive), as well as how variation in voyeuristic interest, belief in a just world, and dark personality traits predicted judgments of, and proclivity to engage in upskirting. We consistently observed more lenient judgments of upskirting behavior when victims were attractive and male, with such judgements predicted by older age across all conditions. Moreover, proclivity to engage in upskirting was predicted by past voyeuristic behaviors, higher psychopathic personality, and being male and of older age. We discuss our findings in the context of needing to qualitatively understand the rationale underpinning these judgments, as well as identifying and combating barriers to disclose victimization.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Sexual Abuse
Creators: Fido, D., Harper, C., Duff, S. and Page, T.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 14 May 2024
ISSN: 1079-0632
Rights: Accepted for publication. Reuse is restricted to non-commercial and no derivative uses.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 15 May 2024 12:41
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2024 17:36
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/51438

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