Child Porn: My View as a Mother After My Cousin’s Arrest

Seven years. That was the sentence my cousin received as the result of an undercover sting operation charging him for possession and receipt of child porn after receiving forwarded e-mails. My cousin: a college graduate, military recruit, and responsible son, with a life of promise that he had just obliterated by an uninhibited quest for a heinous arousal. ...more
@CatB478, I just found this article on blogher and I empathize with your POV. I am the daughter ...more

Does Defining Child Porn Go Too Far? Should You Get Rid of Naked Baby Pics?

In 2008, an Arizona couple was accused of sexual abuse after taking bath-time photos of their children -- then ages 1 1/2, 4 and 5 -- and then trying to have them developed at Walmart. The parents were not allowed to see their children for several days and didn't regain custody for a month while the state investigated. Ultimately, neither parent was charged with sexual abuse and they regained custody of their children. Imagine the lasting harm this inflicted on the children and their parents. Then imagine it happening to you....more
So every photo taken during the1930s and 40s is sex abuse? My God, those shots, usually taken ...more

Rape Survivor Further Victimized by Facebook

If this story hasn't hit you yet, it is time it did. However, not in the way it has for many teens and others right now who are passing along the pictures of this brutal and very public rape on Facebook. Over one week ago, a young girl's life and the life of her family were irrevocably changed as she endured rape by an 18-year-old boy and allegedly others. Meanwhile, one 16-year-old male filmed and then posted the images, sharing with people in his life and beyond (child pornography charges to be possibly laid in his case). ...more

Sexting Teenagers: Who's Responsible for Making Them Stop?

Our public school system is holding a two-hour session on online dangers next week. An expert whose name I cannot remember and a local cop are going to teach parents, teachers and school officials about cyber bullying, pornography, predators and sexting and provide tools and tips for dealing with these issues with our own children and students....more

"the damage they can do to themselves is both worse and farther reaching"

What damage? ...more