Interaction with Minor Victims of Persons Held to Account for Committing Online Sexual Abuse: the Intentional Aspect

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Abstract

The results of the empirical research conducted on the materials of forensic psychological and linguistic examinations of criminal cases initiated on the facts of committing crimes under Articles 132, 133, 135 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation are presented. The research base consisted of materials of Internet communications with 12-15-year-old female children, which were conducted by adult male defendants (the duration of correspondence ranged from 2 to 185 days, M=12 days). Using the method of content analysis, the structure of defendants’ speech in dialogic interactions with children was investigated. The sample consisted of 360 dialogues (a total of 1440 replicates, M=96 replicates). The leading intentional orientations (LIO) of the defendants’ speech were identified, such as “to encourage communication”, “to support communication”, “to express an attitude, a state”, “to change an opinion”, “to prompt an action” and others. Each IDI is characterized by a certain composition of intentions and their different expression. The expression of LIO “to induce to action” is predominant, which corresponds to the goals of communication on the part of the accused, related to the receipt of photos and video recordings of intimate content from children, and the composition of the intentions allows tracing the strategies of psychological influence on the victim to achieve the criminal objectives.

General Information

Keywords: sexual assault, crimes against sexual freedom and sexual integrity of minors, minor victims, sexting, online grooming, intent analysis

Journal rubric: Legal Psychology of Childhood

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/psylaw.2022120307

Received: 03.05.2022

Accepted:

For citation: Kalinina A., Sekerazh T.N. Interaction with Minor Victims of Persons Held to Account for Committing Online Sexual Abuse: the Intentional Aspect [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologiya i pravo = Psychology and Law, 2022. Vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 77–87. DOI: 10.17759/psylaw.2022120307. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Anastasia Kalinina, State Forensic Expert Laboratory of Forensic Psychology, Russian Federal Centre of Forensic Science of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4887-2567, e-mail: anastasia.zharckaya@yandex.ru

Tatiana N. Sekerazh, PhD in Law, Docent, Head, Laboratory of Forensic Psychology, Russian Federal Centre of Forensic Science of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7619-6992, e-mail: sekerage@mail.ru

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