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Child Pornography and Sexual Grooming: Legal and Societal by Professor Suzanne Ost

By Professor Suzanne Ost

Baby pornography and sexual grooming offer case learn exemplars of difficulties that society and legislation have sought to take on to prevent either real and capability damage to young children. but regardless of the massive felony, political and societal situation that those severe phenomena allure, they've got no longer, to this point, been subjected to targeted socio-legal and theoretical scrutiny. How do society and legislations build the harms of kid pornography and grooming? What impression do structures of the kid have upon felony and societal responses to those phenomena? What has been the impetus at the back of the increasing criminalisation of behaviour in those components? Suzanne Ost addresses those and different very important questions, exploring the severe tensions inside criminal and social discourses which has to be tackled to deter ethical panic reactions in the direction of baby pornography and grooming, and advocating a brand new, extra rational strategy in the direction of scuffling with those types of exploitation.

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64 Concentrating our attention on innocence causes a tension and an overreaction whenever there is a potential threat to children’s deemed purity. 66 Notions of violation would seem to apply even if the actual body of the child has not been violated, but violation takes the form of the child’s nudity being W hether the age of sexual consent laws themselves are a legitimate infringement of children’s autonomy rights is a matter extensively considered by Waites 2005. 60 See also Kitzinger 1997: 168; and Archard 1993: 40.

5 (Childnet International’s memorandum) . 13 See Taylor and Quayle 2003: 42–6; and O’Donnell and Milner 2007: 4–9. 16 The format child pornography takes is most usually visual, in the form of photographic or filmic images. In the 1970s, when child pornography first began to be perceived as a real social problem posing a serious threat to children, such material most often appeared in magazine, film and video format. 17 The content of less hardcore pornographic photographs or videos of children can include images of naked children in provocative poses and images of children’s genitalia.

S ‘Descriptive Model’ . Grooming the community and significant others, such as parents and teachers, enables a groomer to gradually place himself in a position of trust that will present opportunities to have access to and groom children,51 reflecting the second stage in the ‘Descriptive Model’. Research also indicates that child sex abusers hone in on single-parent families or otherwise vulnerable families. 52 This is supported by the experiences of police officers who participated in my study.

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