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Watching Pornography: Gender Differences, Violence and Victimization. An Exploratory Study in Italy

NCJ Number
Violence Against Women Volume: 17 Issue: 10 Dated: October 2011 Pages: 1313-1326
Patrizia Romito; Lucia Beltramini
Date Published
October 2011
14 pages
This study explored the relationship of watching violent pornography and victimization.
The aims of this article are to analyze exposure to pornography, its content, and the associations between victimization and pornography in a sample of 303 students (49.2 percent female). The questionnaire included questions on pornography exposure, psychological and physical family violence, and sexual violence. Almost all male students and 67 percent of female students had ever watched pornography; 42 percent and 32 percent, respectively, had watched violence against women. Female students exposed to family psychological violence and to sexual violence were significantly more likely to watch pornography, especially violent pornography than those who had not been exposed. No such association was found among male students. (Published Abstract)