I occasionally take an interest in the ongoing “GamerGate” controversy, which is odd since the only game console I own is my mid-90s Game Boy loaded with Tetris. This post isn’t about GamerGate, but if you have an interest here’s a link. Although this post is not about GamerGate, it’s always good to read widely (it’s Habit #3 of Michael Seto’s advice to new researchers on this blog!). I would, however, encourage you to read this post by Liana Kerzner, which inspired this one, because it’s a wonderfully-written and objective examination of the issue of misogyny as it relates to video games. It also got me thinking about how we address empathy deficits in sex offender treatment – but we’ll get to that.
The motivation-facilitation model and its application to offences relating to child sexual exploitation material
I recently attended the National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers (NOTA) conference, where I presented an overview of the research I am carrying out as part of my PhD. This post will give a brief summary of the key points taken from the presentation.