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‘Today I Speak’: Exploring How Victim-Survivors Use Reddit

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dc.contributor.author O’Neill, Tully
dc.date.accessioned 2019-07-01T17:23:28Z
dc.date.available 2019-07-01T17:23:28Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation O’Neill, Tully. (2018). ‘Today I Speak’: Exploring How Victim-Survivors Use Reddit. International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 7(1), 44-59. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://www.crimejusticejournal.com/article/view/893#?
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11990/1374
dc.description Journal Article en_US
dc.description.abstract Digital platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook and online communities on reddit, are increasingly used by victim-survivors across the world to post about their experiences of sexual violence. Emerging research suggests a variety of reasons why victim-survivors discuss their experiences online. This article contributes to this developing area of research by exploring the underlying motivations for victim-survivors using an online rape survivor community on reddit. This article questions how and why victim-survivors of sexual violence engage with digital technologies through content analysis of narratives posted to a public rape survivor forum on reddit. Overall, the study found that there are three primary motivators prompting survivors to access online communities: to find a supportive community; to seek advice; and for storytelling. The article uncovers some of the broader implications of online storytelling, suggesting that this is an important framework to consider online disclosures of sexual violence. Online communities like /r/rapecounseling might be conceptualised as spaces where counter-narratives of sexual violence are collectively shared. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy en_US
dc.subject Research en_US
dc.subject Victim en_US
dc.subject Survivor en_US
dc.subject Survivors of Harm en_US
dc.subject Alternative Healing Methods en_US
dc.subject Community Attitudes en_US
dc.subject Online Services en_US
dc.subject Community Involvement en_US
dc.subject Community-based Participation en_US
dc.subject Community-engaged en_US
dc.subject Sexual Assault en_US
dc.subject Sexual Violence en_US
dc.subject Rape en_US
dc.subject Sexual Abuse en_US
dc.subject Resource Needs en_US
dc.subject Unmet Needs en_US
dc.subject Social Support en_US
dc.subject Victim Voice en_US
dc.subject Believing Victims en_US
dc.subject International en_US
dc.subject Technology en_US
dc.subject Peer Support en_US
dc.subject Social Support en_US
dc.subject Coping en_US
dc.subject Healing en_US
dc.title ‘Today I Speak’: Exploring How Victim-Survivors Use Reddit en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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