‘So what about the stories?’ An exploratory study of the definition, use, and function of Narrative Child Sexual Exploitation Material

Rebecca L. Crookes, Hannah L. Merdian, Charlotte L. Hassett

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    Abstract

    The legal and psychological research surrounding online Child Sexual Exploitation Material (CSEM) is focused on visual depictions of children, either as still images or movies. Narrative CSEM (N-CSEM) describes an under-researched area, resulting from difficulties surrounding its conceptualisation, both legally as well as concerning the function for its users. The current study describes an initial attempt in defining N-CSEM in comparison to visual material, based on interviews with users of CSEM and N-CSEM and professionals working with this user group. Thematic Analysis resulted in three super-ordinate themes. All themes were analysed and enriched from the perspectives of user- and service-representatives. The study provides insight into N-CSEM as a separate entity from visual CSEM, challenging and informing legal decision-making and assessment and treatment providers for users of CSEM.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)171-179
    Number of pages9
    JournalPsychology, Crime & Law
    Volume23
    Issue number2
    Early online date4 Oct 2016
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

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    Bibliographical note

    This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Psychology, Crime & Law on 20th September 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/1068316X.2016.1239099

    Keywords

    • Child sexual exploitation material
    • Narrative Child Sexual Exploitation Material
    • thematic analysis
    • child abusive images
    • online sex offending

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