Technology-facilitated stalking and unwanted sexual messages/images in a college campus community: the role of negative peer support

Walter S. DeKeseredy, Martin D. Schwartz, Bridget Harris, Delanie Woodlock, James Nolan, Amanda Hall-Sanchez

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Researchers have accumulated much social scientific knowledge about the scope, distribution, causes, and outcomes of the physical and sexual abuse of female students in North American institutions of higher learning. However, surveys of technology-facilitated stalking and the dissemination of unwanted sexual messages/images in college campus communities are in short supply. The few that have been conducted do not identify key sociological risk factors associated with these two electronic forms of victimization. This paper, then, has two objectives: (1) to examine the influence of two types of negative peer support and (2) to determine if being the target of technology-facilitated stalking and receiving unwanted sexual messages/images are associated with female students’ intimate partner violence and sexual assault experiences. The results confirm that the two variants of negative peer support examined in this study are significant predictors of digital victimization and that such abuse is strongly associated with intimate partner violence and sexual assault.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalSAGE Open
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • intimate partner violence
  • negative peer support
  • sexual assault
  • technology-facilitated stalking
  • unwanted sexual messages/images

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