Child Sexual Abuse and Child Pornography

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There are also some conflicting laws between different countries that further complicate the issue of child pornography. It can become difficult to prosecute with the increased use of computers and anonymous online networks. Both the offenders and the victims can come from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds. Child pornography includes pictures or videos that present children being sexually abused. Child sexual abuse is defined as “any act, by an adult, involving a child under the age of 15 years in sexual activity (Richards 2011, p. 1).” It tends to refer to a broad range of actions including touching, various types of penetration, and actions that do not involve touching such as exhibition and voyeurism (Richards 2011). Child pornography is defined as “any depiction of a child engaging in sexual acts” and a child is anyone under a given age, which can range from 16-18 years (Berlin & Sawyer 2012). This is a more general definition, but the definition may be a little different depending on which country a person is in. This is part of what makes child pornography offenses difficult to study online (Samenow 2012). Child pornography is a big deal because vulnerable children need to be protected from exploitation by adults (Berlin & Sawyer 2012).
People that have an attraction to children or sexual fantasies including children are not new. What is new are…

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