Child Pornography And Abuse

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He was 52, ran his own garment business married with 3 children. One was eleven, rest adults. On 26th May 2005 a search warrant was executed at his home address. His computer was seized. There were images of children engaged in sexual activity, videos of his having sex with children, indecent images of children downloaded from commercial sites on the internet. Though he initially denied saying these were morphed but finally admitted he was addicted to sex and that too only children between ages 5 to 13. His wife held a high opinion of him. To her he was a man of good character; he had a good image in society then what went wrong? How did he get caught? Who complained?

The 11 year old child of his was a victim of his pervert lust. So were the other two but they went silent since it was their father. But this particular child opened up. As shocked as you are, you are reading it right. The man had his perverted desires satiated through his own children. Unable to bear the torture, the child opened up to her mother, who didn’t believe what she said. Ultimately she chose to confide to her class teacher who took her to the cops. He later admitted to several escapades with little children, sometimes the child of his domestic help, sometimes the child of daily wage laborer, sometimes the child who brought tea in his shop and he didn’t spare his own children either. And many times he took videos of the abused child for pleasuring himself later.

Often these heinous acts are followed by explicit videos and images that include the child. With today’s reach of digital media, such pornographic content find its way around and spreads quickly. While “child pornography” remains the legal term, the contents represent one of the most violent, horrific forms of child abuse possible. Child abuse images and videos are most often shared widely for others to watch, and in doing so, victimizing the child many times over. In 2002, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in the US started collecting child abuse images as part of its Child Victim Identification Program (CVIP).

The statistical breakdown of the kind of abuse involved in the images submitted to NCMEC’s CVIP shows that 76% of the series collected contained images depicting penetration, while 44% of the series contained images depicting bondage and/or sado-masochism. Often times, child pornography victims are abused by someone they know. These offenders have close access to the children they are abusing; they are people these children should have been able to trust, like in the horrific example above.

Often, the predators are themselves victims of child pornography and sex abuse which turn into an addiction in their later years. The victims show signs of mental issues and suffer from depression. A US Department of Health and Human Services study reported that as abused children get older, they are at higher risk for homelessness (46% of homeless youth were abused), drug use and violent crime.

Though the US tops the list in the child abuse content in the world, it is probably because their law enforcement agencies monitor these crimes more than most other countries. In reality, child pornography and abuse is likely to be a global curse that’s often swept under the carpet. In India, we do get to hear of such crimes frequently enough to be disturbed. In fact, we got a brush of child pornography in mainstream movies “Page 3” and “Split Wide Open” where a rich man satiated his lust through a street child selling flowers. Unable to bear the horrific scenes the daughter of that criminal shocks him and the audience by offering herself.

While there’s increased awareness, there are countless victims that suffer without respite. While the victims often stay away from reporting due to ‘shame’ and fear, it’s the others around them who need take steps to help them.  I leave the narration but with a message

“With all the child pornography going on today, we need to stay on top. For in attic of childhood was an old trunk and even though the child couldn’t pry it open, the muffled sobs coming fr om inside told the child more than he/she wanted to remember”

Let’s build a nation, let’s bloom a child.

~Rimli


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