Child pornography offenses present a real threat to children

From the U.S. Department of Justice

The children whose abuse is captured in child pornography images suffer not just from the sexual abuse graphically memorialized in the images, but also from a separate victimization, knowing that the images of that abuse are accessible, usually on the Internet, and are traded by other offenders who receive sexual gratification from the children’s distress.

According to academic researchers, medical professionals, and child pornography victims themselves, knowing that all copies of child pornography images can never be retrieved compounds the victimization. The shame suffered by the children is intensified by the fact that the sexual abuse was captured in images easily available for others to see and revictimizes the children by using those images for sexual gratification.

Unlike children who suffer from abuse without the production of images of that abuse, these children struggle to find closure and may be more prone to feelings of helplessness and lack of control, given that the images cannot be retrieved and are available for others to see in perpetuity. They experience anxiety as a result of the perpetual fear of humiliation that they will be recognized from the images.

This harm is best described by the mother of a victim.

A mother’s story of child pornography victimization
“My daughter was abused repeatedly to produce images for the purpose of being traded [and] shared over the Internet. Without a market to receive and trade those images, without the encouragement of those who wanted to acquire the images, I truly believe this abuse would not have occurred. All those who trade these images and thereby create the demand for lurid and violent depictions of children are participants in the exploitation of my daughter. Each traded picture that placed a value on inventiveness, novelty, or cruelty played a role in egging on the abuser to even more vile acts.

“The pictures of my daughter were ‘made for trade’ – her abuser adapted to serve his market – whatever his audience was looking to acquire, that’s what happened to her … Producer, distributor, and consumer – everyone who participates in this evil exchange helps create a market, casting a vote for the next abuse. Regardless of whether they directly abused children themselves, reveled in the images of suffering, or persuaded others to abuse children on their behalf (to provide images of the abuse) each participant has a responsibility for the effects.

“[A] shadow comes over her face if a stranger gives her an expected compliment. The pictures are still out there. Now that she’s growing older and realizing the extent of the Internet, she’s also beginning to grasp the darker side of the story – how many people see those same pictures as something to enjoy rather than abhor. We have no way of knowing how many pedophiles used the pictures of her being tortured and degraded as an opportunity for personal gratification.

“I can find no words to express the fury I feel at those who participate in this evil, or my scorn for any attempt to minimize responsibility by feeble claims that the crime was ‘victimless.’ My daughter is a real person. She was horribly victimized to provide this source of ‘entertainment.” She is exploited anew each and every time an image of her suffering is copied, traded, or sold. While the crime is clearly conscienceless, it is hardly ‘victimless.’ I asked my daughter what she most wanted to ask of the judge. Her request: “Please, don’t let them pretend no one’s getting hurt.”

Between 2005 and 2009, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s Child Victim Identification Program has seen a 432 percent increase in child pornography movies and files submitted for identification of the children depicted.
Available indicators suggest child pornography is increasing.

Indicators relating to the volume of child pornography. Experts interviewed for this Assessment, most of whom have longtime experience in this area of law enforcement, concluded that the market – in term of numbers of offenders, images, and victims – has been trending significantly upward. Approximately two-thirds of the child exploitation experts interviewed by NDIC for this Assessment reported that child pornography either is growing exponentially or there has been an overwhelming increase in the volume of child pornography images available.

For example, Cybertipline reports, sent by electronic service providers and the public to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (“NCMEC”), increased by 69 percent between 2005 and 2009. Additionally, NCMEC’s Child Victim Identification Program has seen a 432 percent increase in child pornography movies and files submitted for identification of the children depicted during that same time period. However, precisely quantifying the volume of the child pornography market is impossible; the number of offenders accessing the images and videos and the quantity of images and videos being traded is unknown.

4 Responses to "Child pornography offenses present a real threat to children"

  1. Micius Porcius   July 10, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Did something happen in Fallbrook?

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  2. Mark Slilberberg   July 12, 2017 at 2:29 am

    No, nothing happened. Why? What are you trying to say?

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  3. Cpsanyone   July 15, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    I am sorry but I have a few questions that deserve a response…HELLO CPS? WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON HERE?

    1) Why the heck didn’t law enforcement immediately take this poor kid into protective custody/call CPS IMMEDIATELY ON THE STUPID PARENTS OF THIS POOR GIRL? LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE PARENTS ARE FAILING THIS POOR GIRL BY WRITING A FREAKING NEWS ARTICLE FURTHER HUMILIATING AND EMBARRASSING THE GIRL!!!! THINK ABOUT THE KID!!! AND THINK HOW BAD YOU ARE HURTING HER AGAIN BY PUBLISHING THIS STORY!!! TALK ABOUT ABUSE THAT NEEDS TO STOP!!!

    2) WHY DID THE PARENTS OF THIS GIRL ALLOW PEDOPHILES ACCESS TO ABUSE AND TORTURE THEIR OWN DAUGHTER?

    3) HOW DID THE PARENTS ALLOW PEDOPHILES ACCESS TO ABUSE AND PHOTOGRAPH THEIR DAUGHTER?

    4) THIS KIND OF THING HAPPENS BECAUSE THE ALLEGED “PARENTS” ARE COMPLETELY IDIOTIC AND PUT THEIR DAUGHTER IN HARM’S WAY!!!

    5) IF I GET A STUPID CPS WORKER CALLED ON ME AFTER I LEFT MY VIOLENT ABUSIVE EX YEARS AGO. AND HE VIOLATED HIS RESTRAINING ORDER AND ABUSED ME WHEN MY KIDS WERE GONE, THEN WHAT THE F&:$ COPS? THESE PARENTS MUST HAVE A LOT OF MONEY HENCE, THE SYMPATHY EXPECTED FOR THE PARENTS HERE. NOT. I AM NOT LETTING THE PARENTS OFF THE HOOK SO EASY SORRY. MAYBE I AM GOING TO BE LABELED AS HARSH, BUT SOMEONE SHOULD BE EXPLAINING THIS CRAP.

    6) SEXUAL EXPLOITATION HAPPENS BECAUSE ONE OR BOTH PARENTS KNOWINGLY GRANTED A (PREDATOR/SOMEONE THEY KNOW) ACCESS TO THEIR KID.

    7) I AM OUTRAGED AT THE PARENTS FOR THIS AND THE COPS AND CPS SHOULD HAVE TAKEN THE GIRL FROM HER PARENTS PERMANENTLY.

    8) HOW DID THESE PARENTS LET THESE PEDOPHILES TORTURE, RAPE, PHOTOGRAPH THEIR LITTLE GIRL MULTIPLE TIMES??? YOU PARENTS NEED TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS SO THIS DOESN’T HAPPEN TO YOUR POOR KID EVER AGAIN????!!!

    9) You are further harming this poor little girl by going public and writing a newspaper article detailing her suffering.

    10)

    CALL ME JUDGEMENTAL, BUT I CALL BULL WHEN I SEE IT IN WRITING!!! I pity the fool that ever is stupid enough to harm any of my kids. Period. End of dicussion. All I have to say is the parents must be pretty well off to get away with their utter failure to protect. No excuses. Don’t give me the bull they just “didn’t know.”

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    • Julie Reeder   July 16, 2017 at 8:40 pm

      cpsanyone,
      Thank you for responding to the article. These parents did not allow their daughter to be abused. Some families do, unfortunately, unknowingly because they are told their daughter or son is being taken to America for a better life. They are told that they are going to have work, or be able to go to college and of course, none of that is true. This mom is speaking for the many moms who have daughters and sons who are tricked by someone on social media who the student forms a relationship with and later meets, only to find that the person they meet is not anything like who they thought they were talking to online and they are kidnapped and trafficked until they get away or are found. WHile this is horrible to talk about, we HAVE TO CONTINUE TO TALK ABOUT IT BECAUSE IT IS STILL HAPPENING! There are girls locally within a 15-mile radius who we report as runaways and we later find out that they were kidnapped and trafficked and sold for sex. WE don’t report on that part of the story because we don’t want to victimize the kids and the families all over again, but if we don’t talk about it at all, parents and students won’t be warned. THey need to know this goes on RIGHT NOW. We are doing all we can to change names and protect people’s identity, but most won’t tell their story because it is too painful.
      It would be prudent to not be judgemental against these parents because they are victims too. Imagine finding that your daughter has left to go meet a boy she believes loves and cares about her and you knew nothing about it, or they were outright kidnapped, or they went to a series of parties put on by their friends and were drugged and taken from that party. Any parent could be a victim of these predators. That exact story is coming in the future as well. Thank God you aren’t in that position! Spread the word that people need to be talking to their kids. We’re planning more community meetings coming up so we can warn parents. AS we do these stories, please seek to understand without judgment on the victims and ask yourself what you can do to help prevent more kids from being victimized. It’s overwhelming and disturbing and we have to push past that in order to do something productive. Again, thanks for reading and responding. It’s a tough subject.

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