Investigative interviews with children, alleged victims of sexual abuse through the Internet

Contribution: 
Conference proceedings / talk
Keywords: 
iIIRG
child pornography
internet
interview
victimology
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Reference: 
Katz, C. (2013). Investigative interviews with children, alleged victims of sexual abuse through the Internet. Paper presented at the iIIRG 2013, Maastricht, NL.
Summary / Abstract: 

Notes: Internet used as a conduit for disemination or for solicitation. Thematic analysis method used in interviews - categorisation of what was told. Out of 20, 8 denied sexual abuse although they had strong evidence to the contrary (medical evidence proving brutal rape). They uncovered 6 distinct categories (grooming etc) in interviews. The grooming process was the same in all 20 cases. Qualitative study, though. Stages: Approach, communication, escalate + sexual content, arrange a meeting.

1. Offenders isolate the child (are you on your own? Please ask your sister to leave the room, I am only interested in you).

2. Then build rapport,

3. Then escalate ("send me a pic!") - "..he sent me a picture of his penis. It is very big. In return I sent him my pictures."

4. They arrange the meeting offline (a long con - up to a year of preparation)

Key categories:

grooming, disappointment in offline meeting (they all thought the offender was to old and older than they led them to believe), secret (do not tell anyone! It is our private place, our love, nobody elses business).

Children were defensive. "I will not tell you anything, I will not let you destroy our love!"

Author: Carmit Katz, Tel Aviv University