“Child pornography victims getting younger and subjected to more violence” by Lucie Rychla

Internationally, it is a fact that porn use is becoming increasingly ubiquitous and increasingly violent in areas with out tools to combat the exploitation. A Danish NGO reports extremely disturbing trends involving child sexual exploitation. Unless social and legislative changes occur, crises such as these will continue to expose new lows that our society is capable of. This is an excerpt from a recent article published by The Copenhagen Post. The source of this excerpt is http://cphpost.dk/news/child-pornography-victims-getting-younger-and-subjected-to-more-violence.10668.html

The nature of online child pornography is getting more violent. Photo courtesy of The Copenhagen Post.

The nature of online child pornography is getting more violent. Photo courtesy of The Copenhagen Post.

More and more people, both in Denmark and worldwide, are watching child pornography on the internet, claims Save the Children Denmark, the NGO that promotes children’s rights.

According to the organisation, photos and videos of child porn are flourishing online, and the abuse is getting worse than ever.

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Save the Children Denmark, which operates a hotline for people to report websites containing child pornography, also recorded an increase in alerts. While in 2011, the organisation received 2,385 notifications, the number rose to 3,019 in 2012, and to 3,167 in 2013. The NGO estimates there was illegal content involved in about 25 percent of the alerts.

The number of people using child pornography is also increasing. East Jutland Police averages about 10 to 15 cases a year of people who are suspected of possessing of child pornography, who may be sharing these materials with others.

Extremely violent content
What the organisation is mostly worried about, however, is the fact that the child pornography has become much more violent. The sexual assaults are more severe and the abused children are younger than before.

“Child pornography is becoming more and more extreme,” Sørensen told DR.

“Not only is it more violent, but the age of the victims is getting lower. We see videos of very young children in nursery age who are being sexually assaulted.”

This is a significantly shortened excerpt. To read the full article, please visit The Copenhagen Post website http://cphpost.dk/news/child-pornography-victims-getting-younger-and-subjected-to-more-violence.10668.html

Lucie Rychla is a reporter for The Copenhagen Post