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High ************ exposure among young Australians helps fuel ********* against women, say researchers

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Public health strategies among young people must address ********* against women and risky ******* practices associated with ************ exposure, Queensland University of Technology researchers say in new research.

The researchers from the QUT School of Justice, Professor Michael Flood and Ph.D. candidates Maree Crabbe and Kelsey Adams, drew on a nationally representative survey of 1,985 Australians aged 15 to 20 on their exposure to and use of ************.

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their findings in the *********** and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.

The survey was conducted by Our Watch, a national leader in Australia’s work to stop ********* against women and their children before it starts.

Ms. Crabbe said a growing body of evidence indicated that young people’s ************ exposure and use had public health implications.

“In particular, ************ plays a role in shaping young people’s ******* understandings, expectations, and experiences,” Ms. Crabbe said.

“Research has shown ************ is associated with a range of harmful attitudes, and behaviors, including risky ******* behaviors, greater ******* objectification of women, ***** myth acceptance, and ******* coercion and aggression. This study aimed to provide large-scale, rigorous research examining young people’s ************ exposure inclusive of demographic and geographical differences nationwide.”

Ms. Crabbe said the survey showed that ************ had a widespread presence in young people’s lives in Australia.

“In this survey of 15–20-year-olds, 86 percent of male and 69 percent of female participants had seen ************. Of those 50.1 percent of young men and 40.3 percent of young women reported deliberately seeking ************ the first time they viewed it.”

Curiosity was cited as the main motivation for seeking ************ for the first time, followed by ******* stimulation, because friends were watching, and wanting to learn more about ****.

“Among young people who had seen ************, the average age of first ***** exposure was 13.2 years for males and 14.1 years for females,” said Ms. Crabbe.

Professor Michael Flood said the extent of ************ exposure the study revealed made it likely ************ was a significant influence on *********** young people’s ******* attitudes and behaviors.

“************ use is associated with both ********* perpetration and victimization. Given that young men aged 15-19 years are the group most likely to perpetrate ******* *********, and young women of that age group are most likely to be victims of it, ********* prevention should include efforts to reduce ************’s potential harms,” Professor Flood said.

“Almost half the young people who first encountered ************ accidentally stumbled upon it online via searches or pop-ups, suggesting both regulatory and technological measures should be considered to limit minors’ online exposure.”

Our Watch CEO Patty Kinnersly said that the research was clear that young people needed more support.

“Young people need help to think critically about the portrayal of gender roles and relationships in *****, as well as the potential impacts in their own lives,” Ms. Kinnersly said. “Young people need guidance, honest conversations and information about ****, ******* relationships and ************ to develop equal, positive and healthy relationships.”

More information:
Maree Crabbe et al, ************ exposure and access among young Australians: a cross-sectional study, *********** and New Zealand Journal of Public Health (2024).

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