Public perceptions of internet, familial and localised sexual grooming: predicting perceived prevalence and safety

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Williams, Matthew Leighton ; Hudson, Kirsty Joanne (2013)
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1080/13552600.2012.705341
  • Subject: HN | HT | HV
    mesheuropmc: behavior and behavior mechanisms | human activities | fungi | psychological phenomena and processes

This paper examines public perceptions of three sexual grooming types: computer-mediated sexual grooming (CMSG), familial sexual grooming (FSG) and localised sexual grooming (LSG). Using data from a national survey of 557 respondents from the United Kingdom, we tested models that predicted perceptions of the prevalence of CMSG, FSG and LSG and the perceived safety of internet, familial and localised grooming spaces. Media-related factors were the most significant in predicting higher levels of perceived prevalence of CMSG and disagreement in relation to safety of internet and public spaces. Knowledge of a grooming victim was most significant in predicting higher levels of perceived prevalence of FSG and LSG and higher levels disagreement in relation to the safety of the home. The findings suggest that the public express too little concern over familial sexual grooming and that initiatives should be introduced to make citizens more aware of the distinctions between types of sexual grooming behaviours, settings and offenders.
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