Narrative child sexual exploitation material (NCSEM): NCSEM functions and offence pathways model

Kunasegaran, Kogilavani, Glorney, Emily, Merdian, Hannah Lena and Perkins, Derek (2017) Narrative child sexual exploitation material (NCSEM): NCSEM functions and offence pathways model. In: British Psychological Society Division of Forensic Psychology Annual Conference, 13 - 15 June 2017, Bristol.

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Research on Child Sexual Exploitation Material has explored visual forms but little attention has been paid to understanding narrative forms, Narrative Child Sexual Exploitation Material (NCSEM). This research provides a thematic representation of the functions of NCSEM and its role in the offence pathway. A secondary analysis was conducted on 11 NCSEM and CSEM user participant transcripts. Two superordinate themes were derived: ‘Emergence of NCSEM use: Motivations and Functions’ and ‘NCSEM Safe or Abusive?’. Twelve NCSEM functions were recorded. Three NCSEM offence pathways were theorized: (1) NCSEM use escalating to visual CSEM use, (2) NCSEM use and sexual fantasies influencing offence escalation to contact sexual offending, and (3) reading NCSEM escalating to the writing and sharing of NCSEM. Findings reveal important implications for assessment and treatment of NCSEM users. In order to complement and advance the understanding of NCSEM functions, a second sample comprising 26 users of legal pornography were recruited from the general population to complete an online survey exploring the functions of legal narrative pornography. Content analysis derived three superordinate themes: ‘Freedom for Sexual Exploration, ‘Emotional Sex’ and ‘Fundamental Human Motive’. Future research is warranted to validate and extend the framework of NCSEM offence pathways.

Keywords:narrative child sexual exploitation material; sexual fantasies; internet offending; NCSEM offense pathways; legal pornographic material
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C810 Applied Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
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Deposited On:14 Aug 2017 09:09

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