The use of mobile dating apps and websites to facilitate sexual violence

When:13 Feb 2019, 3pm - 4pm
Venue:Room 221/223, Level 2, John Goodsell Building, UNSW Kensington Campus
Who:Elena Cama, UNSW Law, UNSW Sydney
Elena Cama

Mobile dating applications and websites have become an increasingly popular and socially acceptable method for seeking romantic and/or sexual partners. However, in recent years there has been a rise in reports of sexual harassment and sexual assault facilitated through these applications and websites. These experiences can be conceptualised as ‘technology-facilitated sexual violence’, which refers to the use of digital communications technologies to facilitate sexual harms. This presentation will focus on my doctoral work, which seeks to examine experiences and responses to technology-facilitated sexual violence in online dating contexts in Australia.

Elena Cama is a Scientia PhD Candidate at UNSW Law. Her research focuses on digital communications technologies and the perpetration of sexual violence. She is particularly interested in experiences that sit outside normative and legal definitions of sexual violence, and the ways that victim-survivors understand and respond to these experiences. She also works as a Research Officer at the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW.

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