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Perverted Justice: A Content Analysis of the Language Used by Offenders Detected Attempting to Solicit Children for Sex

By Vincent Egan, James Hoskinson and David Shewan


Full text of this item is not currently available on the LRA. \ud The final published version is available from study explored the language used by offenders soliciting sexual activities with children within Internet chat-rooms. Relational content analysis classified the linguistic content by which offenders sought to engage young persons. Eight recurrent themes encompassed the cognitions of an on-line sexual offender: ‘implicit/explicit content’, ‘on-line solicitation’, ‘fixated discourse’, ‘use of colloquialisms’, ‘conscience’, ‘acknowledgement of illegal/immoral behaviour’, ‘minimising risk of detection’, and ‘preparing to meet offline’. The language indicated increased risk-taking behaviours of the offender, which countered the anonymity chat-rooms otherwise provide. Minimising risk of detection seemed unimportant and offenders arranged off-line meetings with little caution. Electronic anonymity may give offenders false confidence, and so encourage persons to extend on-line and virtual risk-taking into to the real world

Publisher: Nova Science Publishers
Year: 2011
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