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Sexual and gender-based violence: to tweet or not to tweet?

Abstract : This exploratory study aims to identify reasons that lead victims of sexual and gender-based violence to share, or, not share their experiences on Twitter. Open-ended survey responses of 94 victims of sexual and gender-based violence were analyzed using the ALCESTE method, a qualitative and inductive approach. Results showed that those who shared their experience on Twitter did so to render sexual and gender-based violence more visible and to support other victims; they declared that they also wanted to change society, contributing in this way to a wider collective movement. On the contrary, participants who did not tweet their experience reported concerns about different costs and risks, such as feeling ashamed, the fear of being judged and blamed by others and even a lack of trust in the Twitter platform and its members. Focusing on the implications of rape culture in society, this study concludes with a call for a framework integrating models of self-disclosure and collective action to conceptualise the testimonials of sexual and gender-based violence on social media.
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Alexandra Masciantonio, Sandy Schumann, David Bourguignon. Sexual and gender-based violence: to tweet or not to tweet?. 2020. ⟨hal-02502330⟩



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