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From The Slate: Why Aren't We Doing More to Stop Child Pornography Before it Starts? January 25, 2013

29 Jan 2013 9:11 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
The Slate author Jennifer Bleyer asks the question: Why Aren't We Doing More to Stop Child Pornography Before it Starts?

Excerpt:
Nowhere in either article is the most dark and disturbing question asked: Why do some grown men want to rape or molest little kids? Or even look at images of such acts? You might answer that it’s because they’re sick perverts, but "sick pervert" is neither a medical diagnosis nor a psychiatric designation. Believing that the world is simply pocked with sick perverts who are destined to rape and molest children is, in a way, to give into the inevitability of their crimes with our fingers crossed that they'll be caught. (Most are not.) It does nothing to prevent men like John from doing what he did, nor what happened to Nicole and Amy from happening again. 

That’s why researchers are increasingly studying child sexual abuse as a public health issue, with a focus on identifying risk factors that may lead to abuse and protective factors that may prevent it. But compared to the many millions of dollars we spend on civil commitment, trials, imprisonment, sex offender registration, and the like, we spend almost nothing on prevention.

“We're investing all of our money in a very small number of people,” Joan Tabachnick, a co-chair of the Prevention Committee of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, told me. “The primary prevention part, before any child is harmed undefined that’s where we need to ratchet it back to. But the way we invest is completely reactive and doesn't look at most situations of sexual abuse.”

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