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Internet Facilitated Rape: A Multivariate Model of Offense Behavior.

Almond, L, McManus, MA and Chatterton, H (2017) Internet Facilitated Rape: A Multivariate Model of Offense Behavior. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. ISSN 1552-6518

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Abstract

Recent statistics report a significant increase in individuals reporting they have been raped by a stranger whom they have met through the Internet (Internet facilitated rape [IFR]). Previous literature has primarily focused on child victims; hence, the overriding aim of this study is to further our understanding of IFR in terms of crime scene behavior. One hundred forty-four IFR cases and two comparative samples of age-matched stranger rapists (confidence approach and surprise approach) were coded for 38 crime scene behaviors. Findings suggest that the platforms IFR offenders use to meet their victims were not suggestive of the behavior they were likely to display. In terms of specific offense behaviors, the IFR and confidence approach rapists were considerably similar and both samples were comparatively different from the surprise approach rapists. Thus, this may indicate that the method of approach used by a stranger rapist has a significant effect on the subsequent rape crime scene behavior displayed regardless of any prior contact. A smallest space analysis of the IFR sample revealed three distinct themes of behavior, criminal sophistication, interpersonal involvement, and violence with 71% of offenders displaying one dominant theme. The practical and theoretical implications of the findings are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted version of: Almond, L., McManus, M. A., & Chatterton, H. (2017). Internet Facilitated Rape: A Multivariate Model of Offense Behavior. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260517718187
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1602 Criminology, 1701 Psychology, 1607 Social Work
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Divisions: Justice Studies (new Sep 19)
Publisher: Sage
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Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2020 11:59
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2020 12:00
DOI or Identification number: 10.1177/0886260517718187
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12803

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