Child Pornography….the Second Type of Rape

Continuing from the appendix in my book Redeem The Silence; an Unintended Journey, the second type of rape I have identified is child pornography.

Statistics:

Child advocacy groups estimate that 2 million children worldwide are working the sex trade .” (If you refer back to a previous blog post I write about the confusion our language reveals.  Although the world calls it the sex trade, it is really the rape trade)  “These are predominately in third-world countries.  There are basically two categories of child pornography.  One is when they are used to photograph and publish as pornography.  The other is when the children themselves are using the pornography, primarily online.  Both lead to sexual violence for them.

“The main sex exploitation offense referred to U.S. attorneys shifted from sex abuse (73%) in 1994 to child pornography (69%) in 2006.” (Federal Prosecution of Child Sex Exploitation Offenders, 2006,” bureau of Justice Statistics, Dec. 20, 2007 http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/fpcseo06.htm).

“Child pornography is one of the fastest growing businesses online, and the content is becoming much worse.  In 2004 Internet watch foundation found 3,433 child abuse domains; in their 2006 annual report, they knew of 10,656 child abuse domains.  As of 2006, all known child abuse domains, 54% are housed in the United States.  In a study of arrested child pornography possessors, 40% had both sexually victimized children and were in possession of child pornography…According to a National children’s Home report in 2003, the number of Internet child pornography images has increased 1500% since 1988.”  Aveeda Goyanko has authored this research at George Mason University.  She also says that more than 20,000 images of children are posted every week on the Internet.  It has become a three billion dollar industry.  (“Child Pornography Statistics,” statistics by Aveeda Goyanko assessed April 28, 2009, aveedagoyanko@gmu.edu).

Fifty-two percent of libraries do filter their computers. “About 17 percent filter each computer.  This is a sad thing.” Children are being raped and molested in public libraries, and it’s often a result of pornography being available in public libraries, ” (“No Internet filtering at Mason city Public Library,” Archived Latest News Stories, Nov. 21, 2005, www.plan2succeed.org/publications.html).

Definition:

Child pornography can be defined as: 1. the possession and/or distribution of pornography that depicts underage juveniles 2.  involves the production of child pornography material and the use of it in the seduction of a child. 

Examples….

Andrew Vachss, an attorney whose life work has been the protection of children, our most vulnerable victims, writes: “Child pornography has become a business so profitable that it is no longer limited to pedophiles.  Demand exceeds supply and always will…The risk/gain ratio is extremely favorable.  And the return on investment is extraordinary.  What crime syndicate would pass up such an opportunity?”

“Because much of the original product is ‘home-grown’–produced by parents or caretaker of the victims and then offered for distribution to a syndicate–the risk of capture is low.  Once the images are created, they can be copied forever.  Even seizure of the original pictures means nothing; images on the Internet can never be destroyed.  And penalties are much lower than they should be, considering both the damage done and the profit realized.  The only thing used-up in the child pornography business are its victims….

No child is capable, emotionally or legally, of consenting to being photographed for sexual purposes.  Thus, every image of a sexually displayed child–be it a photograph, a tape or DVD–records both the rape of the child and an act against humanity.  We must stop the hurt.” (Andrew Vachss, “Let’s Fight This Terrible Crime Against Our Children,” Parade, Feb. 19, 2005, 4,5)

We can stop the hurt if we will take steps together to become a rape-free society. 

In a previous article for Parade Magazine on June 5, 2005 Andrew Vachss wrote about a rescue of a child in bondage that he participated in.  She had been repeatedly raped, then forced to sell herself.  If she did not comply or bring in enough money, she faced disfiguring brutality.  Once the rescue was complete, the reportage called the child a prostitute.

Excuse Me!!  Prostitute??

To be continued next time…….

Comments

  1. Hey Sherrill,

    I so appreciate you waving the banner over these issues. It just hurts my heart to see how we brutalize people in the name of “freedom.” Totally unrestrained freedom will lead to the lowest forms of human behavior. We need to have the wisdom and courage to say “no more.” We need to draw lines and not be afraid to enforce them. This whole topic just hurts my heart. Thank you for your your voice.

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