Aug 5, 2013 4:45 AM EDT
Autism and Child Pornography: A Toxic Combination
"It’s a disturbing trend we cannot ignore. Eustacia Cutler, mother of autism advocate Temple Grandin, on why autistic men are viewing child pornography—and being labeled sex offenders.
While in the throes of compiling a history of the social impact of autism, I came upon a story that I wish weren’t true.
A young male adult with autism took his computer in for repairs. The repair shop found child pornography on his hard drive and turned him in to the police. In court he was adjudicated a “predator”—a legal label he will wear for life. A label that will bar him from any job that involves children, and from any “assisted living” home for an adult such as himself.
When child pornography hits the law the law is not friendly, no matter the circumstances—nor the understandable dysfunction of the perpetrator. One psychologist described to me her court experience with an adult autistic male. The Judge pointed at her and said: “You should be dealing with this before I have to deal with it.”"
8/05/2013 @ 10:10PM
Temple Grandin's Mother Links Autism With Viewing Child Pornography
"While there’s no trend, disturbing or otherwise, supported by any data in Cutler’s piece for the Daily Beast, the article itself is, to say the least, disturbing. It’s evidently not enough that autistic men must deal with a public perception that they are unempathetic, that they are violent.
No. Now people must also, by allusion and innuendo only, imply that autistic men also are pedophiles [sic], at least at heart, and infantile pedophiles [sic], at that."