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Title: Internet Crime Against Children
Journal: Virginia Child Protection Newsletter  Volume:68  Dated:Summer 2003  Pages:1-5,15,16
Editor(s): Joann Grayson Ph.D.
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 7
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Type: Issue Overview
Format: News/Media
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article explores Internet crime that harms children, especially the free and ready access to pornography.
Abstract: Prior to the advent and widespread use of the Internet, child pornography had virtually been wiped out by strict law enforcement efforts. However, access to the Internet revitalized the child pornography industry, creating a tough problem for law enforcement interventions. In addition to a discussion about the harms created by child pornography, the article also discusses how children become victimized by simply accessing, accidentally or not, pornographic images or sexually explicit language on the Internet. The unwanted exposure to sexual material has become an epidemic problem, threatening the well-being of children across the world. While law enforcement officers are adept at dealing with threats in the real world, when threats to children’s safety and well-being occur in the virtual world, law enforcement is at a loss to intervene or prevent the problem. The Internet provides a veil of anonymity that is difficult and time-consuming to break through. The article discusses issues involving the investigation of Internet crimes, particularly crimes against children, including the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force program established by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Many States have established these task forces to better prepare for and handle Internet crimes. Also reviewed is the role of the United States Postal Inspection Service in preventing the spread of child pornography. In conclusion, the article notes that the Internet offers a unique educational tool that should be used responsibly in order to keep children safe from unwanted sexual contact with predators.
Main Term(s): Children at risk; Crimes against children
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Child Pornography; Child protection laws; Child Sexual Abuse; Computer related crime
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