“Data from the Canadian Centre for Child Protection shows imagery involving victims aged newborn to 8 years represents largest, fastest-growing category of child porn”
Sexualized images of children under the age of 9, most depicting explicit sexual acts, represent the largest and fastest-growing category in Canada’s underground child pornography trade, according to exclusive data obtained by the Star from the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.
And their abusers, say experts, are overwhelmingly family and friends.
Cypertip.ca, a national, non-profit tip line run by the centre that gathers and investigates alleged child pornography online, last year catalogued more than 15,000 images from the Internet of children up to 8 years old, according to the data.
Those images accounted for 56 per cent of the 26,886 inventory of images Cybertip.ca analysts documented last year, a seven per cent jump from 2012-2013.
Even more disturbing, the data shows 73 per cent of the images of young victims depicted sex acts that included “bondage” and “torture.” That figure was up 12 per cent over the previous year.
“It continues to shock me,” says Signy Arnason, director of Cybertip.ca. “If your deviance is pedophilia, it’s not hard to imagine that people want to dig deeper into those trenches and seek out deeper and darker content and material to satisfy their sexual deviance as time progresses.”
The data marks the first time that the age category from newborn to 8 accounted for more than half of the material Cybertip.ca analyzes. Images of children in older age categories dropped or held steady from the previous year.
“If there is an increase in the interest in young children as an erotic potential for people out there, that causes a very serious concern, because the lower the age, the more severe the pedophilia,” said Dr. John Bradford, a forensic psychiatry professor at the University of Ottawa who specializes in sexual deviation.
“It’s a whole other level of severity and concern. It’s more pathological. And we know it increases the harm ratio and risk of re-offence. All of that are very significant red flags.”
Arnason says that while teens and tweens are often exploited by strangers who lure them online and groom them, the youngest victims are typically abused by those they know well.
“When you’re abusing very, very young children, somebody has to have access to that child and needs time alone with them, so it’s likely a family member or someone close within the family,” she says.
The average age of child pornography victims was about 12 when Paul Gillespie ran the Toronto Police Service’s child exploitation squad a decade ago.
Today, the average age of victims he sees has dropped to age 5 or below, says Gillespie, who is now president of the Kids Internet Safety Alliance, which trains police and prosecutors around the world in investigating child exploitation.
“The appetite (for younger children) is identical everywhere,” says Gillespie. “It’s hard to believe there could be more heightened levels of depravity, but there is.”
There were 622 Canadians charged with child pornography in 2013, up from 442 in 2009, according to Statistics Canada.
“This is a societal need to do better than we’re doing. I can never understand why the average citizen doesn’t throw up when they hear this stuff. . . Once you see one of these photos your life is never the same again.”
Catherine Chabbert, one of eight Cybertip.ca analysts who review complaints from the public before forwarding potentially illegal material to police, says many of the images depict children too young to even communicate the abuse.
In some cases, she has seen unknown children literally grow up before her eyes — from children to young adults — in a sequence of explicit images.
“A lot of the progressive abuse happens in a timeline,” she says. “I’ve seen timelines of a child with a collage of those images starting off when a child was an infant until they’re 14 years old. . . . Sometimes it’s still occurring because they haven’t found the offender or the victim. It’s a scary thing to know and to keep with you.”
Stephen Sauer has been an analyst at the Cybertip.ca offices in Winnipeg for the past decade.
In some cases, images of the increasingly young are customized to the wishes and appetites of those who consume them, he says.
“Typically, individuals are requesting images from offenders and offenders will create those images on the spot,” he says. “They might be asking for a certain type of abuse and there’s a close community where individuals are sharing this type of images.”
On 24 August 2015, I published What Amnesty Did Wrong in which I laid out many errors that Amnesty made in developing its proposal for the full decriminalisation of all aspects of “consensual sex work”. This proposal had been passed as a resolution at a meeting of the International Council in Dublin two weeks earlier (referred to as “the resolution” in this article).
In September, members of an internal Amnesty USA discussion forum requested that Amnesty USA respond to all of the points that I raised in that article. On 22 September 2015, Terry Rockefeller replied to the forum on “behalf of the Board and the Priorities Subcommittee” declining to respond to the article because it was “filled with errors and rumors”. She failed to explain who made the errors or what she consider to be rumours. I believe Amnesty needs to clarify this. In order to make it easier for Amnesty to answer the points I raised, I have reframed them as simple questions and include additional questions that arise from Terry Rockefeller’s reply. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list.
I beg Amnesty’s International Board to honestly and seriously consider all of these points and answer the questions honestly and with an open mind before proceeding with the implementation of the proposed policy to fully decriminalise the sex trade. Please consider carefully whether it is ethical to proceed with implementing a policy to fully decriminalise the sex trade in the light of the issues raised in these questions.
The questions are worth reading in full, but I’m only going to quote a small selection here:
32. Does Amnesty understand that (a) The success of the Nordic Model depends on the political will to carry through its implementation and to provide funds for the services for those in prostitution, for training the police and others, and for public information campaigns? And (b) That the introduction of the Nordic Model approach usually takes some time to bed in because it requires the police and those in public services to undergo a significant shift in attitudes?
33. If so, why did Amnesty not undertake research on the approach in Sweden, which has the longest experience with it and where there has been the greatest political will to ensure its success, rather than in Norway, where it is still bedding in?
34. Is Amnesty aware that the Nordic Model law is popular in Sweden and has been credited with changing attitudes of young men in particular and of reducing sex trafficking in that country, without an increase in violence towards prostituted persons?
35. If so, why did Amnesty base its dismissal of the Nordic Model approach in the final draft policy on one piece of research (by Bjorndah on behalf of Pro Senter) that was conducted in Norway?
36. Is Amnesty aware that the research in question has been discredited and that in 2012 Pro Senter publicly acknowledged that the statistical foundation of the report is unreliable and the data does not show that violence has increased since the introduction of the Nordic Model as the report claims but in fact the data suggests that violence has decreased? (See also page 16 of this Norwegian newspaper.)
37. Amnesty’s “Sex Work Policy Discussion Paper” stated that none of the consultation responses disagreed with the proposal to decriminalise persons in prostitution but many disagreed with the proposal to decriminalise pimps and punters. In view of this, why did Amnesty subsequently couch the arguments in terms of criminalisation versus decriminalisation, which gave the incorrect impression that some people were calling for the criminalisation of persons in prostitution?
Sadomasochism is an institutionalized celebration of dominant/subordinate relationships. And, it prepares us either to accept subordination or to enforce dominance. Even in play, to affirm that the exertion of power over powerlessness is erotic, is empowering, is to set the emotional and social stage for the continuation of that relationship, politically, socially, and economically.
every insufferable liberal in this hellhole: a feminist is anyone who identifies as a feminist, expect for anyone who criticizes anything or wants to change anything, then they are not a feminist, in fact, they are just like the misogynists they claim to hate. feminism is saying nothing and keeping things exactly as they are. actually feminism is understanding that we already live in a feminist utopia and the misogyny is just in your head, the goal of feminism is to make each individual woman see misogyny as empowerment :)
To abolish gender does not mean to erase distinction and difference in expression and embodiment, it means to remove those differences from a coercive framework of self policing, and from a system that delineates material benefit based on arbitrary distinctions in those differences.
TRIGGER WARNING for disturbing content
A south Florida man charged with murdering his girlfriend admitted to disemboweling her with his bare hands after she twice cried out her ex-husband’s name during sex, police said.
Self-admitted “monster” Fidel Lopez, 24, said he flew into a drunken rage after she cried out the other man’s name during rough sex inside of their Sunrise apartment’s closet early Sunday morning, according to a police report obtained by the Sun Sentinel.
In extremely disturbing details, police say Lopez admitted to shattering a sliding glass door, punching holes into a wall and ripping a closet door off its hinges.
He then returned to 31-year-old Maria Nemeth, who was lying unconscious on the floor, and proceeded to sexually mutilate her — first with various objects, then by inserting his arm into her, up to his elbow.
Once inside he said he proceeded to rip out part of her intestines.
Neighbors said they heard a man yelling and loud noises for about two hours coming from the apartment, which the couple had shared for about a week.
Before calling 911 just after 3:30 a.m., Lopez said he carried her body to the bathroom and splashed water on her face in an attempt to revive her. He then washed his hands, had a cigarette break outside and called cops to say his lover was not breathing.
When police arrived at the home, they found him crying for help next to her naked body. Blood and bodily tissue covered the floor and walls. A bottle of tequila and sliced limes were seen in the kitchen.
Lopez initially blamed her death on rough sex. During a court appearance Monday he told a judge, through an interpreter, that he’d been drunk.
He was charged with first-degree murder and ordered held without bond.
As people in the comments section are pointing out, there is no verifiable evidence that she did call out her ex-husband’s name – not that that is any kind of excuse, but he may try to use it as a mitigating factor, a so-called ‘crime of passion’.
By the time I was 17, my dad concluded he had failed to humiliate, beat and torture me out of being gay. So he kicked me out of the house. Within two hours of leaving home, I had been targeted by a pimp and was being raped by his customers.
I was marketed as a high-price call-boy for the majority of my years in the sex-trafficking world. My pimps styled me as a “North Shore Boy,” using my upper-middle-class background to attract johns looking to pay for sex with a boy who looked like their neighbors. There was a lot of demand for boys like me, and both my pimps and my johns went to great lengths to psychologically and physically prevent me from leaving.
One of the mainstream myths about the world of escorting is that the industry functions as a legitimate business and does not count as sex trafficking, a.k.a. prostitution. When people do recognize escorting as prostitution, they believe it’s somehow safer than street level prostitution. It isn’t. Far from it. My pimp told me he would cut me open like a fish and throw me in the lake like human garbage. The following day was my first meeting with a “political john.” I took the Metro to the pimp. He blindfolded me and had me hide in the car en route to the hotel. Once we pulled into the parking lot, I was instructed to take the blindfold off and put the seat back. We were met by security at the back of the hotel, and I was delivered to the politician.
My johns were successful, sometimes famous men who had a lot at stake when it came to exploiting me: careers, reputations and marriages. It’s hard to underestimate how much they worried, if I snitched and the lengths they would go to protect themselves. Some of the johns were bitter divorcés; others claimed to be happily married. The common thread between all of the men who paid for sex with me was the way they flaunted their power. These wealthy johns literally enjoyed torturing those they purchased.
One of those political johns took me on a stalking mission in front of the former home he had with his wife. He went off about the divorce and how she took everything from him. After we had a drink in his new living room, he took me to the bedroom he had set aside for his son. He tied me to the bed and proceeded to rape me. I remember him calling me Robby. I looked over at the pictures of his son on the wall and had an anxiety attack. It was a combination of being tied down, him calling me his son’s name, his psychotic behavior and the stalking of his ex-wife. Right before I blacked out, my life was flashing before my eyes. I was sure he was going to murder me. After he finished, he saw my fear and the tears rolling down my face. He apologized and said it wouldn’t happen again.
These years were filled with psychological warfare, mind control and terror. Money and power drove the game. It wasn’t about sex. It was about control over another human being. By the end, I knew a john would either kill me or I would end up killing one of them.
I escaped that life, but the exiting was hard. There are zero programs to help young men get out of prostitution. I pray someday there will be.
Even if feminist porn was even slightly empowering for women, there is still the issue that there is virtually no demand for it. What this means is that the only people who participate in it are those who will still feel stable even if the material produces little to no money, and those are not the people who represent most women in the industry.
So basically, the big “solution” to misogyny in the mainstream porn industry is not only not in demand, but it completely excludes the majority of women in porn, i.e. those doing it only for money. Women who don’t have to worry about money as much can freely choose between the degrading, violent mainstream porn and the “female-friendly” porn. The majority do not have that choice.