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Fantasy depictions of child sexual abuse: The problem of ageplay in Second Life

Reeves, Carla (2012) Fantasy depictions of child sexual abuse: The problem of ageplay in Second Life. Journal of Sexual Aggression. pp. 1-11. ISSN 1355-2600

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    Abstract

    This paper explores the arguments put forward for prohibiting the possession of fantasy
    images of child sexual abuse within the Coroners and Justice Act 2009, and applies them
    to sexual ageplay in Second Life. Sexual ageplay is the virtual act of simulating child
    sexual abuse using animated child characters operated by consenting adult users. The
    arguments underpinning the legislation centre on the issue of harm and the relationship
    between online, virtual behaviour and real world contact offences. It is argued that extant
    research does not support a causal connection, although some work on fantasy offence
    planning and online paedophilia chat groups suggests a link. Due to the lack of empirical
    work in the area it is concluded that legislation to criminalise such behaviour on grounds of
    harm causation is currently unjustified, although prohibition of sexual ageplay for known
    sex offenders is recommended. Further research into the extent, use and effects of sexual
    ageplay is required.

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
    H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
    Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
    Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
    School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Research in the Social Sciences
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    Depositing User: Sara Taylor
    Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2012 11:35
    Last Modified: 01 Sep 2013 01:38
    URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/13133

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