Funded by the American Council of Learned Societies and the Hanse-Wissenshaftskolleg, researchers at the University of Colorado found that nearly half of people who share explicit or naked images of others without permission can actually feel remorse afterwards.
The study appeared in a journal First Monday.
The findings were based on an analysis of statements made during investigations by law enforcement agencies.
According to researchers, among the perpetrators of such acts, many deny responsibility, neutralize actions and blame others.
“These statements describe the unquestioning sharing of sexual images as accidental, reckless or impulsive, which is supported by some previous research,” the article reads.
“Our findings suggest that Internet researchers studying cyberbullying could pay more attention to shame management, including how people blame digital technology for harmful behavior.”
“We conclude that restorative justice proceedings could potentially help people who have committed image-based abuse to recognize shame and try to repair the damage.”
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