Researcher Says Allowing Child Porn Could Reduce Molestation

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Milton Diamond, a researcher at the University of Hawaii, says that making child porn legal could help to reduce sex crimes against children. Diamond cites findings from other countries showing that if child porn is legal, molestation drops precipitously. In countries where child porn was once legal and has now been banned, child sexual abuse has increased as offenders have a … different outlet for their desires. Despite …

… this, Diamond says he is not condoning using real children to make child porn, but says that this porn can be made artificially and be electronically simulated.

I don’t quite know what the motivation for publishing this is, but child porn is just not okay, no matter how you slice it. Whatever simulated porn may be (and I’m sure it won’t really be that realistic), it’s isn’t right to promote an atmosphere that involves sex with children. Ever.  The countries that do allow child porn may think they are solving a problem by lessening the accusations of molestation, but the children that appear in these films and photographs will have psychological scars for the rest of their lives and may turn to destructive behaviors to deal with their emotional issues. Even if this legal child porn is simulated, it is tacitly saying that underage, illegal sex is permissible. The idea that allowing porn will eliminate sexual abuse is a lie, because since children in these films can’t consent – they are being abused.



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7 thoughts on “Researcher Says Allowing Child Porn Could Reduce Molestation

  1. Of course making child porn legal would reduce the number of people convicted of child sex crimes (you know, since possessing child porn would be legal…)
    Point is, desiring a child sexually isn’t an ok desire to have. This is just one of those things that can’t be accommodated.

  2. I myself think simulated child porn is acceptable, as a necessary evil. It reduces molestation rates, and doesn’t harm any actual alive children. Obviously allowing child porn, as in live-action porn, would harm someone. But honestly, hentai and whatnot is not hurting anyone.

  3. If these statistics really are true and they do reduce actual instances of molestation and other forms of harm to children, then I guess I support it, as distasteful as the idea is to me. If the end result is fewer child victims, can we afford to dismiss this as a possible tool in fighting sex crimes against children? Standing for a principle means nothing for the young children who are suffering in silence at this very moment. I understand our visceral reaction to this sort of thing, because normal people abhor the idea. But we cannot allow this to cloud our judgment in something that will ultimately help reduce the harm inflicted on children and is backed up by empirical scientific research. Especially because sexual violence against children has skyrocketed in this country.

  4. Yeah, having children be in porn is abuse itself. I am not understanding what “simulated child porn” is, are we talking some sort of animation?
    I would like to see what this “scientific proof” is that letting people watch porn makes them less likely to commit the acts that they are fantasizing about. I would think that every time we say something on the “not fantasizing about children” to “raping actual children” continuum is okay we are just making the next thing okay. In other words, ratcheting up deviant behaviors in small increments is how people end up raping children or killing people or doing whatever wrong thing they do. I don’t believe most child rapists go out and rape a child as their first act. They start thinking about it, watching porn, touching a child, etc. until they end up with the act.
    How is saying that going down this road is alright going to help rather than hurt?
    I also agree with Erin that the desires themselves are unacceptable. I’m not saying we can make people not have them. But we can make sure they understand that wanting these things are wrong, just as wanting to rape an adult, abuse an animal or kill a person is wrong.
    The other thing is that I doubt the validity of these findings. When I took statistical analysis in school they were very heavy on the “correlation is not causation” concept. Just because two things vary together does not mean they are causally related. The example was that many more drownings happen when ice cream sales are at their highest during the year. So eating ice cream must cause drowning. The fact in this case not being taken into account is that people eat more ice cream in the summer. They also swim a lot more in the summer. Of course most relationships are not this obviously wrong and the actual causations are also not so obvious.
    Before I would think that society should stand behind promoting child porn of any type, I would need to see a lot more data that was heavily scrutinized. And really, to do “empirically based research” rather than just correlative analysis would require allowing some behaviors and putting people at risk in ways that would in themselves be unacceptable.

  5. Well it all comes down to this.

    Some people, some where out there, are sexually attracted to children. More often than not it’s not a conscious decision (the body wants what it’s programmed to want…). We can’t ignore it. And we most certainly can not hope that these people will change their sexual desires because we ignore them, or tell them they are ‘bad’ (This is a whole other can of worms. Being a cultural relativist, I personally believe the way our culture views sexual consent and our fascination with what we deem taboo has a tremendous impact on the issue).

    It comes down to utilizing tools that may not seem ‘normal’. Let’s say that this study was backed by years of scientifically correct information, and it implicitly stated that allowing pedophiles to view simulated (this means animated – and if they can make Avatar, let me tell you what the porn industry is already doing) child porn lowers the molestation rate, would there still be a problem?

    It just seems wrong to me to ignore a frequent (and dare I say, natural) problem just because someone says it is wrong. It does not make the issue disappear.

    And also, I really think there is too much psuedo-reasoning and not enough hard evidence to come to any sort of conclusion in this article.

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