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An investigation of the linguistic and deceptive characteristics of online grooming types

Laura Broome Orcid Logo, Cristina Izura Orcid Logo, Jason Davies Orcid Logo

Journal of Sexual Aggression, Pages: 1 - 18

Swansea University Authors: Laura Broome Orcid Logo, Cristina Izura Orcid Logo, Jason Davies Orcid Logo

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Abstract

A defining feature of online grooming (OG) behaviour is the development of a deceptive relationship to hide the intent of sexual abuse. The OG discourse model proposes deceptive trust is central to entrapment and is predominantly achieved through language, yet it is unclear whether the intent of int...

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Published in: Journal of Sexual Aggression
ISSN: 1355-2600 1742-6545
Published: Informa UK Limited 2024
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa65553
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Abstract: A defining feature of online grooming (OG) behaviour is the development of a deceptive relationship to hide the intent of sexual abuse. The OG discourse model proposes deceptive trust is central to entrapment and is predominantly achieved through language, yet it is unclear whether the intent of intimacy or sex impacts the communicative and deceptive properties of the chats. Fifty-seven chatlogs categorised according to the European OG Typology were analysed to address this gap. The results showed that whilst intentions might be distinct, adults develop positive/authentic social bonds with victims, and engage in strategies to match with victims who fulfil their goal for intimacy or sex. The impact of this study on the theoretical understanding of OG informs an updated and empirical definition of OG: “OG is when cyber-technology is used to build an emotional connection with a person to exploit their vulnerabilities and gain their trust causing harm and/or distress”.
Keywords: Internet-initiated offences; online grooming; LIWC; psycholinguistics; child sexual abuse; child sexual exploitation
College: Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences
Funders: This work was funded by Swansea University. For the purpose of Open Access the author has applied a CC BY copyright licence to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising from this submission.
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