Posted Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at 11:30 AM ET
Why Aren't We Doing More To Stop Child Pornography Before It Starts?
"This weekend's New York Times Magazine cover on restitution for victims of child pornograpy
Talk about emotional whiplash. Two weeks ago in The New Yorker, Rachel Aviv wrote about John, a socially awkward veteran who was ensnared in an Internet child-sex sting in the late 1990s. He was convicted of persuading a child to have sex with him (although no sex happened—the supposed child was really a cop) as well as possession of child pornography. After his release, he landed back in jail on another child porn charge. Nearing completion of that sentence, despite a lack of evidence that he had ever molested a child himself, he was subject to a legal procedure known as civil commitment, which allows sex offenders to be detained beyond their prison terms on the grounds that they’re likely to harm again. Aviv never suggests that child pornography is a victimless crime, but you’re left with the feeling that John doesn’t quite deserve to be jailed indefinitely."
Published: January 24, 2013
The Price of a Stolen Childhood
"When Nicole ['Nicole'] was a child, her father took pornographic pictures of her that still circulate on the internet.
The detective spread out the photographs on the kitchen table, in front of Nicole, on a December morning in 2006. She was 17, but in the pictures, she saw the face of her 10-year-old self, a half-grown girl wearing make-up. The bodies in the images were broken up by pixelation, but Nicole could see the outline of her father, forcing himself on her. Her mother, sitting next to her, burst into sobs."