Saturday, 9 November 2013

“Long-Range Rape”

Sat, Nov 9, 2013, 01:00: First published: Sat, Nov 9, 2013, 01:00

Child pornography: collateral damage

"Three Irish men were identified this week by an international sting operation as having tried to access online child pornography. What fate awaits perpetrators and their families?

Catastrophic consequences: 90 per cent of the people who carry out online child abuse are loving fathers, uncles, brothers and sons."

" Whichever way they react, “Families are blown apart by this. It creates absolute havoc. People take sides. Families react in exactly the same way as they do when they discover that their child has been sexually abused or that their husband, father or son is a perpetrator of child sex abuse,” says Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop, the chief executive of Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.

John’s partner reacted with anger and rejection and got a court order preventing him seeing his children unsupervised. His employer put him on sick leave, then encouraged him to take voluntary redundancy. “People didn’t want to know me,” he says.

As gardaí swept through the house that morning, confiscating every device that might hold information, including the children’s toys and games, he felt utter despair. He didn’t know who had tipped them off, but he recalled his partner leaving his laptop open on the kitchen table, with a “child pornography” image on it – perhaps her way of saying she knew. The Garda found 2,000 images of “child pornography” on the device. John did not see his children again for months. When he eventually did, access was supervised.

John says he has never sexually abused a child in “real life”, and never would."

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