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Awareness of sexual assault in cyberspace

Understanding the problem

Now is the right time to understand what sexual assault is in the digital realm. The US Department of Justice defines sexual violence as “any unwanted sexual act, or attempt to obtain a sexual act, through coercion, unwanted sexual advances, and sex trafficking or attempted sex trafficking.”

Given the novelty of the digital age, there is as yet no formal definition of sexual cyberviolence. However, as we expand our definition of offline sexual violence to the cyber world, cyberattacks can be described as the use of digital tools, especially social media and communication technology, for unjustified sexual perceptions and suggestions, requests for sexual favors and sexual coercion. Spreading rumors, “sexting” without mutual consent, cyberbullying for sexual purposes, sending hurtful messages, photos or videos, and identity theft can all constitute cyberbullying. Exchanging naked bodies or having sex with strangers can also be potentially dangerous for children. In short, any behavior that aims to damage a person’s reputation, emotions, self-esteem and mental health is sexual abuse.

When does it occur?

Cybersexual harassment, including cyberstalking, occurs when the stalker (known or anonymous) sends offensive, threatening or obscene messages to the victim via email, messenger or social media such as internet forums, blogs and discussion forums. More serious is the growing prevalence of group harassment or cyberbullying, in which two or more people mock a person together. Sexual harassment in cyberspace can take many forms. Sexual harassment is insult and expression towards someone based on their gender. These notes and comments may include derogatory sexual comments, threats of rape, and non-consensual sexual comments. Graphic sexual harassment occurs when the abuser sends unwanted erotic, pornographic, immoral images, and sounds to specific or potential victims, with the intent to cause trouble. Cyberbullying is defined as repetitive, unsolicited, unsolicited online contact and/or harassment of the victim by the perpetrator. Representation and group persecution occurs when the initial offender continues to harass other foreigners. 850,000 American adults most of whom are women. They are the target of cyberstalking each year in the United States. According to the US Department of Justice The Pew Research Center found that 40 percent of adult Internet users have experienced bullying online, with young women experiencing particularly severe forms of it.

Most cyberbullying occurs anonymously. The perpetrator hides behind a pseudonym (“deception”) and targets one of the victims or not specifically about the purpose On the other hand, “unwanted sexual attention” occurs when the perpetrator targets a specific victim and is not anonymous; the victims often know who the perpetrator is and the perpetrator sends instant messages regarding sex and / or sexuality that the victim does not want or want. Unwanted sexual attention includes posts that may refer to the victim’s genitals, comment on the victim’s sex life, describe/mention intimate matters and post sexually explicit images or voices, and/or suggest activity sexual. Sexual coercion is an extreme case of unwanted sexual attention, where sexual co-operation is forced through various forms of pressure on the victim.

Sometimes the attack is not straight, but more administered. Perpetrators can and have been known to install malware on victims’ computers not only to hack into their personal files but also to record remotely operated devices and cameras and obtain information that harms victims and use this information for various crimes. Activities that include extortion and extortion.

Domestic violence

Domestic violence has also increasingly exploited social media and other technical tools to sexually harass its victims. Sharing personal information such as home address, phone number Credit card information and work location without consent Entering the realm of digital sexual harassment as well as images of rape and death threats. Threats to children and families and threats to careers and society in exchange for blessings A survey at a domestic violence shelter found that 85% of those seeking refuge in these “safe houses” were tracked down by their abusers using GPS on their phones, and 75% of victims were chased by distance from their attackers by using hidden mobile applications.

Cyber-sexual assault is as traumatic as offline sexual assault, or worse, if possible. An interesting PhD study at the University of Central Florida in 2008 found that victims of sexual assault exhibit the same trauma symptoms as victims of sexual assault. Online sexual harassment can (usually) affect your physical safety, occupational safety, economic security, and your health. and women’s mental health as well as participation in public life Although such abuse is dangerous for some people. But the impact on children is particularly severe. As ubiquitous digital natives, children and teens are not only the easiest targets for sexual cybercriminals, but also the most affected groups because of their ignorance and naivety (and may be misplaced). Cyberbullying after the viral distribution of videos of sexual assaults on teenagers that led to their deaths is the tip of the iceberg of cyberattacks.

Signs for the trauma of digital sexual abuse

The National Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) proposes the following warning signal for the trauma of digital sexual abuse in children:

  • Rejection

  • Sudden change in behavioral disorders

  • Night urination

  • Behavior changes

  • Alcohol use

  • Self-harm ideas, suicidal thoughts

The following are signs of sexual abuse by minors online:

  • Teens spend more time online, texting, playing games or using social networks, and so on. While this is a highly subjective presentation, the “feelings” of the caregiver should not be ignored.

  • Adolescents are introverted, upset or angry, especially after

  • The youth has a phone number, text message or email address on a cell phone, laptop or tablet that the parent does not know or cannot recognize.

Apps like Snapchat can be dangerous for your kids. Learn more about parental control on Snapchat to be a step ahead. With the increasing interference of the Internet and social networks in everyday life and easy access to personal data on the Internet, the fight against cyber-aggression is becoming both a challenge and a necessity for individuals, organizations, schools and government. Fortunately, hacking laws and other laws criminalizing cyberbullying are already in place in many states. The Violence Against Women Act, passed in 2000 in the United States, incorporated online harassment into federal interstate harassment law. However, given the growing prevalence of online sexual assaults, such sporadic practices and laws are inadequate. The best defense is awareness. It is very important for all of us, regardless of gender, age and nationality, to be aware of the pitfalls of the digital age and to be especially careful, because we will find ourselves in a foreign area. After all there is nothing out of the ordinary on the digital world website.