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Open Access

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

April 2017

End Date

April 2017

Department

Criminology

Abstract

In the past decade, reports of online child sexual exploitation have significantly increased. The purpose of this study is to explore how Internet technology has influenced the family structure resulting in the increased vulnerability of juveniles. The Family Systems theory provides rationale as to how the nurturing relationship between juvenile and parent can be reversed. The conceptualized ‘role reversal’ is characterized by parents consistently seeking nurture from their child results in the neglecting of their own child’s development. A secondary data analysis of 356 online child sexual exploitation case files from 2007 to 2014 was utilized to explore victim precipitation surrounding online child sexual exploitation. This study identified significant differences in online child sexual exploitation case demographics. The collected results indicate that the Internet does influence a child’s participation in their victimization.

Faculty Mentor

Kimberly McCabe

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Exploring Victim Precipitation in Internet Crimes Against Children

In the past decade, reports of online child sexual exploitation have significantly increased. The purpose of this study is to explore how Internet technology has influenced the family structure resulting in the increased vulnerability of juveniles. The Family Systems theory provides rationale as to how the nurturing relationship between juvenile and parent can be reversed. The conceptualized ‘role reversal’ is characterized by parents consistently seeking nurture from their child results in the neglecting of their own child’s development. A secondary data analysis of 356 online child sexual exploitation case files from 2007 to 2014 was utilized to explore victim precipitation surrounding online child sexual exploitation. This study identified significant differences in online child sexual exploitation case demographics. The collected results indicate that the Internet does influence a child’s participation in their victimization.