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[Commlist] Call for Chapters: Sexual Online Grooming of Children

Thu Aug 08 17:29:30 GMT 2019


*** Call for Chapters: Sexual Online Grooming of Children. Challenges for Science and Practice ***

Edited by Daniela Stelzmann (Institute for Media and Communication Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany) and Dr. Laura F. Kuhle (Institute for Sexology and Sexual Medicine, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany)

We are currently seeking chapter submissions for an edited volume regarding “Sexual Online Grooming of Children. Challenges for Science and Practice”.

Sexual online grooming of children represents the relocation of child sexual abuse into digital space. The book describes the phenomenon of sexual online grooming (SOG) of children comprehensively and in detail. The chapters focus on the presentation of the phenomenon, descriptions of the perpetrators and victims in the form of empirical results and case studies, possibilities and obstacles of criminal prosecution and the corresponding derivations for science and practice.

*** Topics for chapters may include but are not limited to: ***

-              Definition and characteristics of the phenomenon SOG

-              (Cross-)National prevalence of SOG (offender perspective)

-              (Cross-)National prevalence of victimization by SOG (victim perspective)

-              Offender strategies

-              Risk factors and characteristics of SOG-offenders

-              Differentiation between “fantasy- and contact-driven” offenders

-              Differentiation between online and offline offenders of child sexual abuse

-              Vulnerabilities of victims of SOG

-              Descriptions of virtual environments (e.g. Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, etc.)

-              Possibilities and limitations of prosecution

-              Influence of legal situation and culpability

-              Victim blaming

-              …

-              Your own suggested idea

*** Submission details: ***

We would like to invite extended abstracts (a maximum of 500 words), accompanied by a short biographical statement, until October 31th, 2019. Please address proposals and/or any inquiries to Daniela Stelzmann ((Daniela.Stelzmann /at/ and Dr. Laura F. Kuhle ((Laura.Kuhle /at/ Submission implies a commitment to publish in this volume if your work is selected for inclusion. Your submissions will be reviewed until November 15, 2019. Accepted contributors will be asked to submit their full chapters (max. 35.000 characters) by March 31th, 2020. The volume is intended for publication with NOMOS.

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