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NCJ Number: 222398 Find in a Library
Title: Child Pornography: Crime, Computers and Society
Author(s): Ian O'Donnell; Claire Milner
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 270
Sponsoring Agency: Willan Publishing
Portland, OR 97213-3644
Publication Number: ISBN 978-1-84392-356-5
Sale Source: Willan Publishing
c/o ISBS, 5804 N.E. Hassalo Street
Portland, OR 97213-3644
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book reports on a study of contemporary child pornography, with attention to its enduring appeal, the harms it causes, the role of the Internet in its distribution, and the challenges it poses for criminal justice systems around the world.
Abstract: Part I contains three chapters that portray the context of child pornography, with a focus on its enduring appeal, the role of the Internet in changing the nature and use of child pornography, and why child pornography should concern societies throughout the world. The first chapter provides an overview of the history, persistence, and contemporary expansion of child pornography. A second chapter addresses the role of the Internet in facilitating child sexual exploitation and the expanded production, exposure to, and use of child pornography. The third chapter features a discussion of the harms caused by child pornography, notably its promotion of child sexual abuse that produces a range of adverse physical, emotional, and behavioral consequences for child victims. This chapter also profiles child pornographers and analyzes users' attraction to child pornography. Part II contains one chapter that presents a national case study of how Ireland's criminal justice system has responded to child pornography. This leads to a broader discussion of this issue in Part III, which analyzes the challenges and consequences of addressing child pornography through legislation, law enforcement, prosecution, and sentencing. The authors conclude that an overzealous effort to protect the sexual innocence of children and punish any person who may display a physical attraction to children cannot only contaminate the healthy and fulfilling intimacy between adults and children but also divert societies' resources and attention from the major threats to child safety and welfare, i.e., poverty, the breakdown of the socioeconomic foundation of families, and consequent social isolation of children. 150 references and a subject index
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child Pornography; Child Sexual Abuse; Computer related crime; Crime control policies; Crime specific countermeasures
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