Cops who hunt child predators say the term "child pornography" needs to be retired and be given a more apt term, such as "child rape."
"It's not a child lying on a beach naked, it's a child that is being actively sexually assaulted. It is the rape of a child captured on image or video. It's a crime scene," said Detective Chris Purchas, a lead investigator with the Toronto Police told a news conference in Dartmouth this week.This is all kinds of silly.
If we prosecuted only those people who looked at images of child rape, my husband would be home with me now. If this detective means that a photo of a naked child is the same as child rape, he doesn't understand what rape is.
It is hard to believe someone thought he would be a good spokesman.
He is almost onto something when he says, It's a crime scene. Child pornography sometimes is a photo of a crime scene. Don't get carried away, though. Remember it is a photo of a crime scene. It is not the crime itself. And remember that not all child pornography includes images of small children and not all child pornography images are of crime scenes.
Do not cheapen the horrifying abuse endured by some of these children by equating the photo with the horrifying abuse.
Hunting "child predators" happens in a crazy world.