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Conclusion: Reflections and Future Research

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Technology-facilitated sexual violence refers to the diverse ways in which sexually aggressive and harassing behaviours are being perpetrated with the aid of digital communication technologies, including, though by no means limited to, the following: enabling rape, sexual assault or another unwanted sexual experience; image-based sexual abuse (including relationship retribution, ‘sextortion’, sexual voyeurism, ‘sexploitation’ and sexual assault); and online sexual harassment (including sexual solicitation, image-based harassment, gender-based hate speech and rape threats). Throughout this book we have presented empirical, conceptual and socio-legal analyses to investigate the nature, prevalence and impacts of the ever-changing phenomenon of technology-facilitated sexual violence. We have also explored a diverse range of legal and non-legal responses that seek to recognise and address the harms to victims and prevent the behaviours from occurring in the first place. In this chapter we draw together the overarching themes of this book, explore implications for law, policy and prevention, and consider directions for future research. Ultimately, our hope is that this book will serve as a useful source for further research into sexual violence in the field of technofeminist criminological scholarship.

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Powell, A., Henry, N. (2017). Conclusion: Reflections and Future Research. In: Sexual Violence in a Digital Age. Palgrave Studies in Cybercrime and Cybersecurity. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-58047-4_10

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