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#381779 - 01/08/12 06:05 AM Child Pornography
jls Offline

Registered: 03/06/09
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#381784 - 01/08/12 01:00 PM Re: Child Pornography [Re: jls]
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That is an interesting viewpoint and there is data to support his claim. It may be that those view child pornography may not offend physically on a 1:1 ratio. However as was noted, child pornography damages the child. While the focus of the article was contrasting abuse versus deviancy, the difference is negligible in that to have the one, child pornography, it contains abused children and the other, pedofillia, this too contains abused children.
Thanks for the link and the "think",

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#381803 - 01/08/12 06:04 PM Re: Child Pornography [Re: SamV]
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You’re welcome. In general I am reluctant to be morally critical of "sexual deviancy" as it is defined. In its broadest sense the majority of people probably fit into this category, as in being outside the mainstream in some way, shape or form. However, as you said, when looking at the contrast between abuse and sexual deviancy with regards to child pornography the difference between the two is negligible when we are talking about children being victimized, and I do consider viewing images of children being sexually abused as a form of victimizing them all on its own. Lack of consent is central to how I feel out it, as in no one had a right to take such pictures so no one else should have the right to view them. Also, like with anything illicit, in theory reducing the demand reduces the supply, so treating possession of child pornography as a serious offence serves as an appropriate method of protecting children. From a forensic psych point of view I see where the author of the study is coming from but his findings should in no way be used to legitimize a market that sexually exploits children for other people’s pleasure, whether they are inclined to actually touch children or not.

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