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Report on Child Molesters Shows That Porn Is Often Used to Groom Children

This behavioral analysis of child molesters indicates that predators often use pornography to groom their victims by lowering children’s inhibitions and normalizing sexual violence.

By January 12, 2022No Comments

Decades of studies from respected academic institutions, have demonstrated significant impacts of porn consumption for individuals, relationships, and society. "What’s the Research" aims to shed light on the expanding field of academic resources that showcase porn’s harms in a variety of ways. Below are selected excerpts from published studies on this issue.

The full study can be accessed here.

Child Molesters: A Behavioral Analysis For Professionals Investigating the Sexual Exploitation of Children

Authors: Kenneth V. Lanning
Published: 2010

Background

The sexual victimization of children involves varied and diverse dynamics. It can range from one-on-one intra-familial abuse to multi-offender/multi-victim extra-familial sex rings and from non-family abduction of toddlers to prostitution of teenagers…

This discussion will focus primarily on the behavioral aspects of the sexual exploitation of children perpetrated by adult offenders who have an acquaintance relationship (i.e., not strangers or family members) with their child victims.

Some of the information, however, could have an application to acquaintance juvenile offenders and other types of child-molestation cases.

Results

Any adult who shows sexually explicit material or tells “dirty jokes” to children of any age should be viewed with suspicion. This is generally part of the seduction process in order to lower inhibitions.

A pedophile might also encourage or allow children to call a dial-a-porn service or use the Internet to access sexually explicit material. He might send them such material via a computer as part of this process… The lowering of sexual inhibitions is usually done so gradually and skillfully the victim does not realize he or she is a victim until it is too late…

The introduction of photography or video cameras during this process is common. Pictures of innocent situations progress to pictures of the “fun and games” or playing movie star/model that then progress to pictures of the nude or partially nude child that then escalate into more sexually explicit pictures. Adult pornography is frequently left out for the children to “discover.” A collection of adult pornography is effective in sexually arousing and lowering the inhibitions of adolescent[s]…

By the time the victims realize what is going on, they are in the middle of it and ashamed of their complicity. They did not “say no, yell, and tell.” Much of this process can even take place online with a computer without even meeting in person…

A child who is reluctant to engage in sexual activity with an adult or pose for sexually explicit photographs can sometimes be convinced by viewing other children having ‘fun’ participating in the activity. Peer pressure can have a tremendous effect on children. If other children are involved, the child might be led to believe the activity is acceptable…

Adult pornography is also used, particularly with adolescent boy victims, to arouse them or lower inhibitions.

The full study can be accessed here.

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