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UNSW Sydney Seminar

Technology-Facilitated Stalking and Unwanted Sexual Messages/lmages on the College Campus: The Contribution of Negative Peer Support

Researchers have accumulated much social scientific knowledge about the scope, distribution, causes, and outcomes of the physical and sexual abuse of female students in North American institutions of higher learning. However, surveys of technology-facilitated stalking and the dissemination of unwanted sexual messages/images in college campus communities are in short supply. The few that have been conducted do not identify key sociological risk factors associated with these two electronic forms of victimization.

On Friday, May 3, 2019, Dr. Walter S. DeKeseredy spoke at UNSW Sydney on technology-facilitated stalking and unwanted sexual messages/images on the college campus. 

This presentation aimed (l) to examine the influence of two types of negative peer support, and (2) to determine if being the target of technology-facilitated stalking and receiving unwanted sexual messages/images are associated with female students' intimate partner violence and sexual assault experiences.

The results confirmed that the two variants of negative peer support examined in this study are significant predictors of digital victimization and that such abuse is strongly associated with intimate partner violence and sexual assault.

This free-event was organized by the Gendered Violence Research Network and the Australian Human Rights Institute. 

The Gendered Violence Research Network (GVRN) is a joint initiative of UNSW Arts & Social Sciences and UNSW Law. It was established with support from the School of Social Sciences, and is located within UNSW Arts & Social Sciences.

The Australian Human Rights Institute at UNSW Sydney is dedicated to interdisciplinary research in three priority areas; business and human rights, health and human rights and gender justice.