Understanding the link between Sextortion and Suicide

Mirjana Gavrilovic Nilsson, Kalliopi Tzani Pepelasi, Maria Ioannou, David Lester

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Abstract

Sextortion is an emerging threat, facilitated by the use of online environments where perpetrators gain the trust of vulnerable individuals in order to obtain sexually explicit material and then use it to coerce victims for the purposes of sexual, personal or financial gain. There is presently no research exploring what may lead a victim of sextortion to choose suicide. The present study examined three cases of sextortion and suicide. A thematic analysis of publicly available online material identified common themes in these cases: fear, helplessness, hopelessness, shame, humiliation, self-blame, general distress, typical antecedents of suicidal behaviour. The implications are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-69
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Cyber Criminology
Volume13
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019

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