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Situational Prevention of Child Abuse in the New Technologies

Wortley, RK; (2012) Situational Prevention of Child Abuse in the New Technologies. In: Quayle, E and Ribisl, KM, (eds.) Understanding and Preventing Online Sexual Exploitation of Children. (? - ?). Routledge Green open access

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Abstract

Situational prevention shifts attention from the psychological characteristics of the individual performing behaviour to the facilitating role played by the immediate environment in which the behaviour occurs. Applied to the problem of Internet child pornography, the situational approach emphasises the role of opportunity in driving consumption. It is argued that under the right environmental conditions the potential to view children as sexual objects is more widespread than sexual deviance models suggest. The Internet allows individuals to satisfy their secret desires conveniently, cheaply and relatively risk-free. Situational prevention of Internet child pornography requires strategies that reduce the opportunities for accessing child abuse images by making the activity less rewarding, more difficult, and riskier.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Situational Prevention of Child Abuse in the New Technologies
ISBN: 0415689406
ISBN-13: 9780415689403
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1359791
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