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Children and Porn: Always a Bad Combination

Children and Porn: Always a Bad Combination
By: Brenda Zurita - 10/29/2009

p2p.jpgThis year’s White Ribbons Against Pornography (WRAP) Week has officially begun. WRAP Week raises awareness about the dangers of pornography and educates the public about how pornography viewing becomes addictive. Sadly, many people think pornography is harmless and no big deal; the evidence tells a different story.

A recent news story from Arlington, Virginia, shows how dangerous porn really is.

A 34-year-old Arlington resident was arrested for production and distribution of child pornography. This man shared child pornography with other child pornography viewers using peer-to-peer software. The images show him sexually abusing an infant.

It would not be surprising if the defendant details during his trial the path from viewing adult pornography to viewing, then producing and distributing, child pornography. Pornography addicts constantly need more extreme images to become aroused because they are desensitized quickly to the images. In peer-to-peer sharing groups, members must submit child pornography in order to receive some from others. Any child in their life could become a victim. In this case, it was a defenseless, helpless infant.

This story is sickening. This story is the reality of pornography.

Victims of sexual abuse often carry lifelong scars – emotionally and physically. Let us pray that the baby in the Arlington case will not suffer lifelong harm from the abuse.

Another recent article shows a different side of the child and pornography connection. Dr. Judith Reisman’s WorldNetDaily article is about Playboy‘s latest issue. The cover and centerfold features cartoon character Marge Simpson. Dr. Reisman points out subscribers to Playboy will not be receiving the cartoon cover; their issue will have a woman on the cover. Undoubtedly, Playboy knows the largest demographic for Internet porn use is 12- to 17-year-olds and wants to get a cut of the action for their medium. So, it appears Playboy is trying to appeal to kids who will see this issue in a store near them, while subscribers will get a version that appeals to their particular prurient interest, so as not to jeopardize subscriptions to the magazine.

The indoctrination attempt begins.

And then there is the relatively new craze of “sexting.” Teen sexting occurs when a boy or girl sends sexually explicit messages, nude or semi-nude photos or videos via text messages. That’s right, by definition they are participating in the production and/or distribution of child pornography.

Teens are not known for making great decisions, but this one is really bad. There have been a few cases of teens being arrested for distributing child pornography because of sexting. If convicted, they could be tagged as sex offenders for years to come. While decriminalization of sexting for kids is not the answer (although Vermont did just that this year), removing the requirement of registering as sex offenders for teen convicts should be.

Those teens that produce and/or distribute nude pictures and videos of themselves probably have not thought about the consequences of these acts. A girl may send a sexually explicit picture of herself to her boyfriend, intending for it to be for his eyes only, but once she hits “send,” it can go all over the Web. Her boyfriend may send it to a friend, who sends it to others, and so on and so on until one person decides to post it on the Internet. Once on the Internet, that picture is available for pornographers, pedophiles, and others to see for all time. It could even come to the attention of potential college admissions officers or employers. And, as mentioned above, those who pose for the pictures, as well as those who send it along to others, could be arrested for the production and/or distribution of child pornography.

People who think porn is no big deal are wrong. Parents who think their children are not exposed to it should think again.

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