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Teens, kids, porn and violence

 
Kids as young as 5 say porn drives them to acts of sexual violence.
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Scott Dunlop

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Access to pornography is being blamed by researchers who have found that teens using porn are committing acts of sexual violence against children, reports UK charity NPSCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children).  It isn’t just limited to teens, either- children as young as 5-years-old have hurt other children after viewing explicit images.

Studies have shown that police are interviewing younger and younger children in relation to crimes both as victims and perpetrators, and that, in the UK alone, the number of sex offences allegedly committed by under-18s had gone up 38 per cent from 1,432 in 2009/10 to 1,978 in 2011/12, according to the Daily Mail.

Age of lost innocence

Children as young as 6, 7 and 8 have been questioned, but not charged in relation to crimes of a sexual nature- they are considered to be too young to be criminally culpable. The offences relate to inappropriate touching, sexual abuse, indecent exposure and rape, amongst others.

The NPSCC’s survey figures come from crimes reported to local police stations across the UK, and include stats such as:
  • 98 per cent of the 4,562 offenders were boys
  • Three out of five of the victims knew the abuser.
  • One third of the offences were said to have been committed by a family friend or acquaintance, and one in five by family members
In one infamous case recently, a 15-year-old boy was convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl after becoming obsessed with online porn. The girl was bound, gagged, beaten up and raped as he tried to re-enact sadistic scenes he had viewed on the internet.

The NSPCCC aims to intervene in such cases and help vulnerable children with behavioural modification therapy, and the charity insists that when children are committing crimes which are sexual in nature, very often access to hardcore pornography via mobile phones and computers plays a large role in misleading children into developing a dysfunctional perception of sex.

SA's horrendous record

In SA, public awareness of sex crimes committed on and against children is increasing, with several high-profile crimes leading to a public call for improved social development, school campaigns and other community-driven initiatives.

A disturbing trend amongst schoolchildren is to use mobile technology to film acts of bullying, sexual violence, sexual activity and rape, then to share these films using social media such as Facebook, BBM and MXit.

It remains a criminal offence to distribute or view minors engaged in sexual activity.

Internet security companies are calling on parents to monitor their child’s internet history, install software which blocks explicit imagery and restrict unsupervised online activity.

Do you agree that there’s a real online danger to your kids?
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