Disentangling Child Pornography from Child Sex Abuse…


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Date: January 03, 2019

01) Disentangling Child Pornography from Child Sex Abuse

“Abstract

Recent years have seen a significant increase in the criminal penalties associated with possession of child pornography. The new severity appears to be premised on arguments that blur the distinction between those who possess images of child pornography and those who sexually abuse children. In particular, sentences have been increased based on arguments that possession of pornography is equivalent to or worse than child sex abuse, arguments that viewing child pornography increases the risk that an individual will sexually abuse a child, and arguments that those who possess child pornography are abusing children undetected. This Article identifies instances where possession of child pornography and child sex abuse have been conflated, critically evaluates the arguments that promote such conflation, and identifies independent concerns with conflation. Specifically, it argues that blurring the distinction between the two crimes allows us to continue to misperceive child sex abuse as a stranger-danger issue, and that when law enforcement statistics aggregate possession and child sex abuse, then the public may be misled into believing that law enforcement is successfully battling child sex abuse, when that is not the case. The Article concludes that the modern trend of increasing sentences for possession of child pornography ought to be reviewed, and it suggests several possible areas of reform.”

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6 thoughts on “Disentangling Child Pornography from Child Sex Abuse…

  1. octaevius

    There is no such thing as “Child” pornography. There is only pornography or non-pornography. The type is an individual preference/value judgement. Just as their are no “Minor verses Major” humans.

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    1. eqfoundation Post author

      The paper is a free download…just click on the download link…You’ll have to sign in, or create an account…Accounts are free…I’ve had one for years.

      The link is here:

      https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/Delivery.cfm/SSRN_ID2307219_code1057701.pdf?abstractid=1577961&mirid=1

      …But the website does not appear to allow direct linking to these files, by outside websites [you’ll probably still end up on the same page I linked in this post]…and you’ll have to be logged in, before it works.

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  2. Kindly

    You do not need any account to download it via Sci-Hub.

    And on that topic, if enough people get their governments to back “Plan S”, then all publicly-funded scientific research can be made available to the public for free.

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  3. Kindly

    Just a few minutes before reading this, I read about (but could not locate) a contrary study, reportedly by Smith, Porter, and Klofas of the Criminal Justice Department of Rochester Institute of Technology, according to Filip30 on BoyChat.

    Notable quote: “The proportion of offenders who had admitted to having sexual contact with minors that were undetected by legal authorities is perhaps the most provocative finding of this study. Over half of the subjects examined, whether they had any prior criminal history or not, reported some history of child sex abuse. This finding is not necessarily surprising as it is nearly identical with the combined results of all previous research employing the same methodological techniques”.

    It will be interesting to see how these “methodological techniques” differ from other studies.

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