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The psychology of nonconsensual porn : understanding and addressing a growing form of sexual violence.

Eaton, Asia E. and McGlynn, Clare (2020) 'The psychology of nonconsensual porn : understanding and addressing a growing form of sexual violence.', Policy insights from the behavioral and brain sciences., 7 (2). pp. 190-197.


As of 2020, legal protections for victims of image-based sexual abuse in the United States remain inadequate. For example, no federal law yet criminalizes the sharing of sexually intimate material without a person’s consent (i.e., nonconsensual porn), and existing state laws are patchy and problematic. Part of the reason for this problem may be that U.S. lawmakers and the general public have yet to grasp that nonconsensual porn is a form of sexual abuse, with many of the same devastating, recurring, and lifelong consequences for victims. This review of psychological research on nonconsensual porn includes frameworks for understating this image-based sexual abuse, correlates and consequences of victimization, victim blame, and the nature of perpetration. Then, we analyze U.S. laws on nonconsensual porn in light of this review and argue for comprehensive legislative solutions.

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Publisher statement:Eaton, Asia E & McGlynn, Clare (2020). The psychology of nonconsensual porn: Understanding and addressing a growing form of sexual violence. Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences 7(2): 190-197. Copyright © The Author(s) 2020. DOI: 10.1177/2372732220941534
Date accepted:19 June 2020
Date deposited:14 July 2020
Date of first online publication:01 October 2020
Date first made open access:30 July 2020

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