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"I definitely did not report it when I was raped...#WeBelieveChrsitine #MeToo": A content of analysis of disclosures of sexual assault on Twitter
Deal, Bonnie Elene
Martinez, Lourdes S.
Spitzberg, Brian H.
The emergence of the #MeToo movement in 2017 sparked a widespread focus on the societal issue of sexual misconduct. Under the umbrella of sexual misconduct is the neglected issue of sexual assault. This study examines sexual assault disclosures through the context of the #MeToo movement on Twitter. Through the use of content analysis, online disclosures of sexual assault are examined for variations of sexual explicitness and attainment of social functions per the functional theory of self-disclosure. Specifically, this study explores associations between Twitter network structure and 1) levels of sexual explicitness and 2) retweet count. The study seeks to shift the focus of disclosure discourse from interpersonal communication to the contemporary online setting of social media.Implications for theory and practice are discussed. Keywords: sexual assault, Me Too, Twitter, self-disclosure, sexual explicitness
Professional Studies and Fine Arts
San Diego State University
Master of Arts (M.A.) San Diego State University, 2019
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