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One of the consequences of the incorporation of digital technologies into social life is the digitalization of sexuality, the body and intimacy. In the same way, we have seen how the forms of sexual violence facilitated by digital technologies have multiplied and diversified (Powell, 2015, 2017). This presentation seeks to contribute to understanding the phenomenon of digitalization of sexual violence by discussing two key concepts for the analysis of the relationship between digital technologies and practices of sexual violence in the digital society. Thus, our proposal is intended to contribute theoretically and methodologically to the study of the «appification of sexual violence». We explore the idea of ​​the «digitalization of social life» by exploring the authors who have theorized about the appification of social life and the platformization of society.
Therefore, our starting point is that in the context of the accelerated digitalization of society, a process of digitalization of sexual violence is taking place that is changing the logics of legitimization and perpetration of sexual violence as well as the very nature of the phenomenon. of sexual violence. In the first place, we will talk about gender affordances, which is defined as the “social possibilities that allow different users to take different actions based on the social and cultural repertoires of gender available to users and designers of technology” (Schwart and Neff, 2019). We believe that it is a key concept, because it is necessary to understand how digital communication technologies are available, for whom and in what circumstances, but always remembering that affordances are always part of the social structure and that they are certain regimes of «legitimacy». cultural and institutional” that allow these to exist (Davis and Chouinard, 2016: 241). Secondly, we talk about the concept of the offline-online continuum of sexual violence, which accounts for the fundamental role played by digital technologies in the phases before and after offline sexual violence, as well as understanding the multiple sexual violence that can be experienced one victim simultaneously.
In addition to proposing two fundamental concepts for the study of sexual cyberviolence, we discuss the methodological proposal of the digital ethnography of affordances and the walkthrough methods to study apps and platforms. We believe that our work proposes a series of conceptualizations and recommendations that will be useful to social researchers focused on the study of this phenomenon.

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Elisa García-Mingo Universidad Complutense de Madrid Madrid
Silvia Díaz-Fernández Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Madrid