6.11.2011

Cyberspace Sexual Voyeurism Abusers (CSVA) – Uncovering Those Who Violate Others – Law Enforcements Investigation Into Those Who Are Bullied And Do The Bullying – Part III



By Lawrence W. Daly
Earlier today, Congressman Anthony Weiner was accused of having Internet contact with a 17 year old female, a high school junior. The information about the Congressman’s actions is unknown at this time, but was predictable for many reasons. When using social media sites, the Congressman has no way of identifying the age of the individuals he connects with. Even if he Skype’s with the individual, she could be 15 years of age and look 25 years old. If the Congressman expends a sufficient amount of time getting to know the other person, he may be able to get an understanding of who this person is. There are no guarantees, but you would intellectually assume the Congressman would be relating to women and men in his age range. This appears to be something the Congressman failed to do, according to one of the women he had Internet and telephone contact with, who was 26 years of age. Expect more to develop over the next couple weeks as others come forward to talk about their contacts with the Congressman. In the meantime, let us examine what type of individuals the CSVAs are and how law enforcement is dealing with investigating Cyberspace allegations.
Law Enforcement’s Cyberspace Sexual Voyeurism Abusers Investigative Process
Law enforcement began, approximately a decade ago, creating a specialized unit to handle complaints from individuals who were sexually bullied by an individual on the Internet. Most of the bullying at the beginning of the discovery of chat rooms came about where the contacts were personal, but the personal information was limited in nature; therefore, knowing who the other individuals were was informative but not to the point where pictures were being sent back and forth, especially at the child and young adult ages.
Law enforcement’s response to complaints was simple to deal with as they provided preventive information to the complainant and left it at that level of resolution. Things began to change once MySpace was created and then Facebook, which changed the world of social media. Due to behavior by Internet users, laws were created to handle some of the most serious complaints. The jury is out on how these laws have affected the use of the Internet. It is this author’s belief that if you were to ask people about the laws which guard someone’s conduct when using the Internet, the answer would be, “I don’t know” and this would be the best answer given. Law enforcement is responsible for monitoring and enforcing Internet conduct as best it can, regulating those who use the Internet for private and business use.

Law Enforcement Protocols and Procedures
The law enforcement investigative process is still in its infancy stage and will need a critical investigative process analysis as experience is obtained and as the social media organizations are developed and utilized by its member. It will take numerous investigations for law enforcement to work out the problems with the investigation process in order to become efficient, competent and intelligent in the manner in which the allegations are handled.
Law enforcement agencies need to create written procedures, protocols, policies and standard operating procedures to deal with the investigative process when dealing with those who are bullied and those who do the bullying. Once they are made aware of the problem(s) between the bullied and the bullier, they must eliminate contact between these two types of individuals. They need to have law enforcement officials who specialize in these types of crimes and know how to conduct a thorough and competent investigation. Law enforcement agencies need to create a specialized unit specifically dealing with bullied and bullier situations.
Law enforcement agencies need to properly train, educate and find experienced investigators who know how to evaluate computer hardware and software, direct and indirect evidence, which will support the findings of a crime, if one was committed.
Both The Bullied And CSVA
Historically, bulliers were more frequently the victim of being bullied at some point in their lives; either in person, on the Internet, and/or both. Bullying on the Internet is just another place where the CSVA can go to bully someone. Even though male CSVAs select younger male victims, whom they may know and/or are related to, females also play the role(s) of being the CSVA. No gender has total control of being a CSVA.  CSVAs who target peers offend principally against females, strangers and/or acquaintances. In person, bullies generally select their victims by those who are the same physical and/or smaller in size. On the Internet, it isn’t physical size which dominates the relationship, but the mental games and power the CSVA introduces into their sharing, photographs, statements and so forth. 
 The bullied and bulliers tend to be clumsy and immature, but this doesn’t play a role in the attributes of the CSVA. Being hurt by the CSVA isn’t a consideration, although the bullied may believe they are intimately in danger and/or feel like they are victims already. The bullied and bulliers have little to no confidence and this opens the door for the CSVA to control the bullied, choosing targeted phrases, words, suggestions, intimidation, threats and/or suggestions of the use of weapons of some kind.
Different Routes
The CSVA may use physical violence or threaten to, in order to control their victims compared to peer abusers. CSVAs more frequently came from deprived homes; had fewer age appropriate friends; experienced more negative self-esteem; had inconsistent supervision from caregivers; and due to being bullied may turn to homosexuality as a social choice of life.
Greater Deficits – Why Become A CSVA?
Characteristics and traits of CSVAs are just becoming known to the psychological and law enforcement officials. Identifying autobiographical information about the CSVA, such as they apparently witnessed family violence more frequently; had family members associated with criminal activity and etc. CSVAs may see themselves as lacking social confidence; as socially inadequate; and may experience social isolation and sadness. Research is still forth coming about CSVAs, therefore, some of the information is conjecture and in need of additional studies.
Basic Statistics
A recent study demonstrated that numerous individuals were cautioned and/or found guilty of sexual offenses.  This study demonstrated that 55% CSVAs have family members involved in alcohol/drug use; that 76.2% of CSVAs have mental health issues; and that 84.2% of CSVAs lives in a chaotic household.
Conclusion
If law enforcement officials can learn more about the CSVA and utilize this knowledge to interrogate them, some of those who have been bullied may feel safer in their daily routines and activities. The courts need to hold the CSVA accountable for everything they do to children, young adults and weaker men and women. Law enforcement officials need to understand that CSVAs are played by both sexes. In fact, CSVAs can play either gender on the Internet, keeping their anonymity, changing those who they wish to bully. There needs to be an aggressive accountability and responsibility for those who want are CSVAs and for their actions. No one should be above the law because the law enforcement investigative process is in the infancy stages and the courts have not become flexible in enforcing the laws on the books.
There is no doubt that Congress, Senate and State Legislatures need to create new criminal statues which give and allow law enforcement the authority to do their jobs. Without a criminal justice system for the Internet, people will continue to play the role of the CSVA and continue to exploit and harm others.  Enough is enough and it is time society stands behind law enforcement and assists them.

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