Nearly half of women face online sexual victimization, says study

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Jul 15, 2017, 6:28 pm IST
Updated Jul 15, 2017, 6:36 pm IST
Among all unsolicited advances women face, it turns out being asked to send sexual images rank highest.
According to the research, nearly 46 per cent of women have claimed that they have experienced unwanted sexually suggestive behavior over the internet (Photo: Pixabay)
 According to the research, nearly 46 per cent of women have claimed that they have experienced unwanted sexually suggestive behavior over the internet (Photo: Pixabay)

A new study has come to light that states that nearly half of women who go online are subjected to sexual abuse. According to the research, nearly 46 per cent of women have claimed that they have experienced unwanted sexually suggestive behavior over the internet.

Amongst all the unsolicited advances they face, it turns out that being asked to send sexual images rank the highest followed by receiving such rank pictures themselves uninvited. They are also subjected to requests about having sexual conversations, the research adds.

Coping mechanism, by the women, in such cases are usually humor and defiance, the study further found.

According to Daily Mail Online, researchers from the British Psychological Society (BPS) analysed 261 women aged between 13 and 72 where an anonymous survey asked the women about their online experiences.

Interestingly while most women feel negatively about themselves following such advances online, the research also revealed that there is a small percentage who actually victimise others online.





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