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sabato 10 febbraio 2018

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A man from Colchester who says he is “addicted” to viewing child sex abuse images has been jailed.


Colin Hodgson61, from Colchester, was sentenced to seven years and 10 months imprisonment after it came to light that he had sexually assaulted a girl from the age of 18 months to three years old.
He pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual assault of a child under 13, three counts of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, as well as three counts of making indecent images of children.
Prosecuting, Terence Woods QC said: “Around Christmas 2016, the victim’s grandmother disclosed to a social worker that the defendant had asked the victim if she wanted to have a bath with him.”
On August 19, 2017, police found that an internet server connected to Hodgson’s IP address had been used to access indecent images of children and a search warrant was executed on Nov 7.
Mr Woods said: “He was arrested and a number of devices, two laptops and two hard drives, were seized.
The majority of the images were of very young girls, many of whom were under the age of three years old. There were also images of the victim being touched by an adult hand and also touching her vagina with a vibrator.
The victim was as young as 18 months in some of those images.”
“He did manage to curtail the activity as he was feeling terrible. It became an addiction.
“It’s like being on drugs. He is looking forward to receiving treatment.”
The young victim has been affected by the abuse.
Judge Jonathan Seeley said: “She is extremely anxious around adult men. It is the grossest abuse. As far as mitigation is concerned, your counsel says your guilty pleas and the remorse you say you now feel.
“I am prepared to accept that there is some remorse for your case. You are 61 years of age and have no previous convictions.”
Mr Seeley then sentenced Hodgson to six and a half years for inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity and 16 months for making indecent images of children to run consecutively.


MASSENA — A former Massena man has been sentenced to 95 years in federal prison on child exploitation and pornography charges that police and prosecutors described as evil and heinous.
Stacey J. LaPorte, Jr., 27, of Massena, was sentenced Thursday to 95 years in federal prison. His convictions include sexually exploiting four children, including two babies, and receiving pornography over the internet.
The sentencing was announced in a joint press release by federal and state officials, including acting United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith; New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II; and Resident Agent in Charge Russell Linstad of the Homeland Security Investigations unit in Massena.
There are few crimes as evil as the prolonged sexual abuse of infants,” Mr. Jaquith said in a statement. “LaPorte did that — produced sexually explicit images of the abuse, sexually exploited siblings and received child pornography.
The federal prosecutor said LaPorte’s sentence of 95 years in prison should ensure that no other children are victimized by “this perverse predator.”
LaPorte was convicted following a June 2017 trial in United States District Court in Utica, according to newspaper archives. He was found guilty of conspiring with Mackenzie Bailey, 22, also of Massena, to sexually exploit a child from the time the child was an infant until age two. He was also convicted of using that same child to produce sexually explicit images on two specific occasions.
Other charges LaPorte was convicted of included conspiring with Hillary Trimm, 26, also of Massena, to sexually exploit another child, who had not yet turned one, and a 12-year-old boy and his 16-year-old sister. He was further convicted of receiving child pornography from another user via a computer-messaging program.
Bailey and Trimm pled guilty to the crimes they committed with LaPorte and are scheduled to be sentenced later this month for their involvement in the child exploitation and sexual abuse cases, according to federal officials.
New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said the convictions reflect the state’s zero-tolerance policy regarding the abuse of children.
Likewise, Homeland Security investigator Mr. Linstad said the sexual exploitation of children like that involving LaPorte represents some of the “most heinous crimes” his department encounters.
If LaPorte is ever released from prison, he will be placed on supervised release for life and will have to register as a sex offender, according to officials.
LaPorte’s case was investigated by the state police, the Massena Police Department, the Department of Homeland Security and Homeland Security Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lisa M. Fletcher and Sahar L. Amandolare.

A convicted felon who repeatedly sexually assaulted two runaway boys he took into his home, using threats to keep them under control and plotting to kill them so they couldn’t testify against him, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Randy John Morasch, 55, of Aguanga was convicted last month of two dozen felony charges, including forcible sodomy, kidnapping to commit rape, assault with a firearm, supplying pornography to a minor and solicitation to commit murder.
Morasch sought to fire his attorney, Marty Miller, during a closed hearing prior to his sentencing at the Southwest Justice Center, but Riverside County Superior Court Judge Elaine Kiefer denied the request. She imposed the sentence required by law.
According to Deputy District Attorney Marcus Garrett, the offenses occurred between 2006 and 2014 and involved a 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy.
In the case of the 16-year-old, Morasch invited the homeless youth to stay with him at his house in the rural Aguanga area a dozen miles east of Temecula. Morasch worked to win the boy’s confidence, allowing him to freely shoot guns, consume alcohol and ride ATVs, Garrett said.
After the boy settled into the ex-con’s home, Morasch showed him a homemade pornographic movie featuring his then-teenage stepson having sexual intercourse with a teenage girl, Garrett said.
While viewing the video, Morasch raped the boy and forced him to perform oral sex, the prosecutor said.
The victim was sexually abused on multiple occasions in the ensuing months, according to the prosecution. The boy made several attempts to get away from Morasch, who told him that he was “affiliated with the Hell’s Angels” and could have the boy killed, Garrett wrote in a trial brief.
On one occasion, the teen ran out of the house, and Morasch fired a gun to stop the victim, who was not injured, according to the prosecutor. Ultimately, the boy was able to procure help and flee the residence permanently.
In the case of the 17-year-old, Morasch was introduced to him in 2013 through a mutual friend and offered to take the runaway into his house and let him stay rent-free, according to the prosecution. The youth was further permitted to use “vehicles, guns and drugs” to put him at ease — and keep him under the defendant’s sway, Garrett wrote.
After a few days, Morasch asked the victim to join him in his bedroom to watch porn, and when the teen tried to leave, the defendant grabbed him and “forcibly sodomized him,” according to the prosecutor.
Morasch began using open threats to make the victim comply with his sexual demands and deter him from leaving the property, Garrett said.
“These threats included occasions when the defendant pointed a loaded handgun in the direction of the victim and pulled the trigger,” the prosecutor said, adding that the boy was not struck by gunfire.
The teen reunited with his family six months later and revealed what had happened to him.
Sheriff’s investigators were alerted, and just as they prepared to serve an arrest warrant at the Anza property in June 2014, Morasch fled to Northern California. He was tracked down by police near Sacramento, where he was taken into custody following a high-speed chase that ended in a crash. California Highway Patrol officers found a fake beard, hair dye and two guns in his vehicle.
After he was jailed, Morasch plotted to have his accusers killed and enlisted the help of his now-32-year-old stepson, Dennis Harrison, according to Garrett.
In recorded phone calls from jail and a detailed letter, he told Harrison to watch “Breaking Bad” for ideas on how to kill them, then “put them deep, never to be found,” the District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.
Harrison pleaded guilty last year to witness intimidation and was sentenced to six years in state prison.
According to court records, Morasch’s prior convictions included assault with a deadly weapon, evading arrest, burglary and receiving stolen property.



A former Maryland school aide and track coach with HIV pleaded guilty Friday to sexually abusing students and filming child pornography.

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Carlos Deangelo Bell, 30, entered a plea deal admitting guilt on 27 counts, including sexual abuse of a minor, porn charges, and attempted transmission of HIV, the state’s attorney for Charles County, Tony Covington, said, KTLA reported.

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The offenses occurred over a period of about two years beginning in May 2015.
The predator’s 42 victims ranged in age from 11 to 17 years old, Covington said.
Bell will be sentenced on March 28.
Covington said that one of his goals is to keep Bell in prison for life.
Prosecutors said they would recommend a sentence of up to 190 years in prison, KTLA reported.
Investigators aren’t aware of any victims who tested positive for HIV, Covington said, KTLA reported.
Bell worked as an instructional assistant at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School and as a track coach at La Plata High School.

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Officials are looking for more possible victims of a former Olympic champion boxer who trained children at an East L.A. gym  and who has been accused of lewd acts involving an underage female boxing student.

Paul Gonzales, 53was charged Wednesday with eight felony counts, including four counts of lewd acts upon a child, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
He is also facing charges of possession or control of child pornography, distributing or showing pornography to a minor and contact with a minor for sexual offense, with all charges tied to the same victim, authorities said.
Gonzales, who took home gold while representing the U.S. in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, worked at the Eddie Heredia Boxing Club in East L.A.
For the past 10 years, he trained and mentored 8- to 19-year-old boys and girls there while employed by the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, sheriff's Lt. Todd Deeds said in a Friday morning news conference.
Currently, about 40 boys and 15 girls attend the club, Deeds said.
The club is where Gonzales met the female victim, whose family member reported the lewd conduct in December after she began training there and met Gonzales earlier in the year.
"We believe he befriended her and that he groomed her," Deeds said. “They developed a relationship there, and over a period of time, lewd acts were committed.”
Following an investigation by the sheriff's Special Victims Bureau, Gonzales was arrested on Dec. 29 a short distance from his home, according to Deeds.
Because Gonzales worked at the gym for some time, he "had access to lots of children, specifically females," Deeds said. He said investigators think there may be additional victims "based on the egregious nature of what is being alleged" and on Gonzales' access to children.
In a statement, parks department officials said they take the allegations seriously and are cooperating with the investigation.
“There is zero tolerance for employee misconduct within our Department,” the statement read. “We place a very high value on the safety of the public, especially children, who participate in our programs and who visit our park facilities. The Department will take appropriate and swift action to ensure the continued protection of all of our guests.”
Investigators said they have not received any additional complaints about Gonzales so far and have no reason to believe that other adults played a role in enabling the alleged criminal activity.
Gonzales is prominently featured in a "Let's Go L.A." YouTube segment produced by the parks department in 2014. The video also features several children, and Gonzales is shown training one of the hosts.
Andres Ortega, a student at the gym, told KTLA that Gonzales would make sexual comments to girls and would ask teens to hang out after a workout.
He would flirt with them, offer dates with them and everything,” Ortega said.
Adrian Arreola, however, said Gonzales is his neighbor and friend and described him as a role model to kids in the neighborhood.
Investigators said they are unsure when Gonzales would have been alone with the youths and could not discuss where the crimes occurred or say whether there were witnesses. As the investigation remains active, officials are limited in discussing details.
Anyone with information is asked to call 877-710-5273 or 877-710-LASD.



HARRISBURG - A Waynesboro man who was convicted of sexually assaulting a young boy and girl then distributing video of one of those assaults was sentenced Wednesday to 40 years in federal prison. 
U.S. District Judge Sylvia H. Rambo sentenced Evan Lawbaugh, 34, for two counts of production of images depicting the sexual exploitation of children, according to a news release from the US. Attorney Bruce D. Brandler of the Middle District of Pennsylvania. 
According to U.S. Attorney David J. Freed, per the release, Lawbaugh sexually assaulted a toddler boy and a 4-year-old girl and recorded the assaults. He then distributed videos online depicting the assault on the boy.
He also possessed thousands of images and hundreds of videos of child pornography, including images depicting the sexual abuse of infants and toddlers, the release said.  
Lawbaugh is already serving three to seven years in state prison on similar charges. 
Back in 2014, Lawbaugh pleaded guilty to seven counts of sexual abuse of children-possession of child pornography. At sentencing in early 2015, Franklin County Judge Carol Van Horn gave him probation and a time-served jail sentence after Lawbaugh's lawyer, Eric Weisbrod, argued vehemently on his client's behalf. 
"I would have absolutely no reservations to having Evan move into my neighborhood," Weisbrod said at the time, adding he didn't want to vouch for Lawbaugh, but he knew him well and knew he meant to take responsibility.
But come July of last year, Lawbaugh was before the judge again, for violating his probation by catching the federal charges. Van Horn expressed in court that she felt she had failed the community before by sentencing Lawbaugh just to probation.
Lawbaugh said he had not been lying when he was in her court a few years earlier, and that he had started to change immensely but found the therapy to which he was assigned was not as helpful as he needed. He said he was preparing to go to more serious counseling when he was arrested on the federal charges. 
The federal case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, the program marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. 

The mother of a baby girl whose photo was shared in a chatroom fears things could have been a lot worse after it came to light the man responsible had sexually abused another child.

She has spoken of her "shock" and disbelief that he has walked free from court after being spared prison.

Andrew Lee was tracked down after a National Crime Agency investigation into another offender turned its attentions to him.

Details of his sordid bedroom activities with the girl soon emerged as well as images of child pornography.

But he escaped being jailed after a judge claimed that a lengthy community order would best protect the public long-term.

Because Lee had already spent time in custody on remand, any prison sentence "would inevitably be relatively short", a court heard.

Lee, 39, formerly of Bevers Way, Holton-le-Clay, admitted sexually assaulting a girl under 13 on three separate occasions between about 2007 and 2008.

He also admitted possessing six indecent photographs of children.

Michael Greenhalgh, prosecuting, told Hull Crown Court that the matters came to light after an investigation by the National Crime Agency focused on another man.
A chat log on an internet site from February 11 last year was found to involve Lee discussing the sexual abuse of a child.
He sent over an image, although it was not indecent, showing a very young girl he knew.
No charge followed after this incident but police saw that Lee's address was registered with the website as Bevers Way, Holton-le-Clay, near Grimsby.
His home was searched and a laptop was found to contain six indecent photographs of children.
During further investigations, a girl told police that he sexually abused her on three occasions when she visited his then home in The Close, off Littlefield Lane, Grimsby.
The incidents happened when he took her to his bedroom and he "bounced her" on the bed.
Lee had previous convictions but not for sexual offences.
Gordon Stables, mitigating, said that Lee was not naked on the bed at the time and the offences happened on only a few occasions.
He had a "purported lack of memory" about them.
Lee had spent four-and-a-half months in custody on remand and had tackled his alcohol and diazepam problems in recent years.
He had worked previously and planned to move to live with his mother in Weymouth, Dorset.
Judge Jeremy Richardson QC told the court that, because Lee had been in custody for four-and-a-half months, this remand time would be deducted from any prison sentence imposed, meaning that he would serve only a few months anyway.
"I have the long-term protection of the public at the forefront of my thinking," said Judge Richardson.
"You deserve to be imprisoned for what you did. The sentence would inevitably be relatively short.
"By far the best way to proceed in the long-term interests of the public and, as a by-product, yourself, is to make you the subject of a long community order.
"If you breach this order in one minor regard, back before me you will come and you will go to prison for a long time.
"One step out of line and you will be in really serious trouble."
Lee was given a three-year community order, with a sex offender treatment programme and 15 days' rehabilitation.
He was given a five-year sexual harm prevention order and must register as a sex offender for five years.
Judge Richardson said that he would review Lee's progress every three months.
After the hearing, the mother of the baby girl featured in the website chat picture said of the court sentence: "I can't believe it. I am in shock.
"He has walked away from it. He's a risk to the public. I don't think any course is going to rehabilitate him.
"If he is sexually attracted to children, that's his preference. They can't change his way of thinking, can they?"
The woman, 31, from Grimsby, said the picture was of herself naked with her young daughter, then aged about 18 months.
She said that Lee was not charged in connection with that incident and the police concentrated on the other matters.
"The more they dug deeper, the more they found out," she said.
"It could have been a different story.
"She was an innocent child who did not know right from wrong."

Mum's horror as sex offender who shared photo of her baby in chatroom and abused another girl walks free Mark Naylor 5 JAN 2018

 — Sheriff's deputies in North Carolina have charged a husband and wife with child pornography and rape of minor children.
The Onslow County Sheriff's Office told local media outlets that deputies responding to a report about a residence in Sneads Ferry found Matthew Douglas Maynard and Diane Louise Maynard involved in sex acts with minors.
The sheriff's office said the children were taken from the home and placed in the care of the Department of Social Services.
The Maynards, both 34, are charged with two counts of felony first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and two counts of felony statutory rape of a child. They're each jailed, with secured bond set at $200,000, and were scheduled to appear in court on Monday. It's not known if they have attorneys.

Sentencing for an Edmonton man who admitted to sexually abusing a five-year-old, and using a “shotgun” approach to initiate sexual conversations with children online, was put off for a week while a judge considers a joint submission on sentencing.
Timothy Michael Lidkea, 37earlier entered guilty pleas to several offences, including sexual touching of a five-year-old girl and luring an undercover officer who was posing as a 13-year-old girl online. He also admitted to possessing a large collection of child pornography, luring unidentified children online, and luring to facilitate sex and child prostitution.
According to an agreed statement of facts entered with the court by Crown prosecutor Craig Krieger, Lidkea’s contact with the five-year-old occurred over three months in 2014. 
Lidkea’s online chats with the undercover police officer, during which he sent explicit photos and asked sexual questions of the person he believed to be a young teen, also happened in 2014. 
When police executed a warrant at his house, officers found more than 4,000 copies of child porn images and 863 videos, including duplicates, that qualify as child porn on his computer.
Court heard that during 2013 and 2014, Lidkea distributed many of these images to 100 people he chatted with online, many of whom were boys or girls between the ages of 10 and 13. Court heard Lidkea used the chats to attempt to facilitate sexual contact with minors, or to create and distribute child pornography. He also chatted with adults to facilitate sexual abuse of children. In one conversation, he told another adult he preferred children over the age of eight.
He stated that he believes there is nothing wrong with sex with children, as long as they give consent,” Krieger said.
The prosecutor told court that, unlike offenders who foster relationships with children they’ve targeted, Lidkea used a “superficial shotgun approach” in attempting to strike up chats.
Krieger and defence lawyer Mark Jordan put forward a joint submission for a sentence of 4-1/2 years in prison. Krieger said he had planned to argue for five years, but reduced it by six months after discussions with the defence. 
Provincial court Judge Marilena Carminati questioned both Krieger and Jordan about how they came to the agreement and noted Lidkea’s actions had affected many children’s lives. 
After learning the parents of the child who Lidkea assaulted had not been notified of the plea deal, Carminati told Krieger to advise the family ahead of her decision on the sentencing submission, expected Jan. 10.

A convicted sex offender is jailed after state investigators found multiple child pornography videos and photos in his possession, authorities said.
Joseph Scott Bennefield, a 32-year-old living in an Athens motel, was arrested by investigators from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, records show. Bennefield is held in the Limestone County Jail with bail set at $50,000.
When state law enforcement served a search warrant at Bennefield's room at the Town and Country Motel on U.S. 31 in Athens, they found videos and other pornographic images of children between the ages of 4 and 8, according to court documents.
Bennefield was charged with five counts of possession of child pornography, but state investigator Kathy Stewart wrote in court records that more charges are pending.
Bennefield has been a convicted sex offender since 2004 when he pleaded guilty to sodomizing an 8-year-old girl and 11-year-old boy, Cullman County records show. As part of the plea, two sex abuse charges were dismissed and Bennefield was sentenced to 10 years in prison, according to the court file.
The new charges stem from several tips sent to the state Special Victims Unit, said Lt. Brooke Walker, of ALEA's SVU and Internet Crimes Against Children task force.

"After a search warrant and initial investigation, it was determined that Bennefield possessed multiple images of child pornography on his electronic devices, which were seized," Walker said in an email to AL.com. "Further charges are pending the completion of the forensic analysis."



Fresh pressure to remove Toby Young from a new universities watchdog was heaped on Theresa May when it was revealed he has admitted to being a porn “addict”.
In a 2001 Spectator article titled “Confessions of a porn addict”, the journalist queried Linda Boreman’s claim that she was raped for the 1972 film Deep Throat. He also wrote that he had watched several thousand porn films and women in them “are nearly always completely liberated beings”.


A few minutes after her late-night booty call had left, Erica Garza turned on her laptop to watch a raunchy video.
She finally brought herself to orgasm twice after being “too tired” to climax with her visitor.
The particular scene featured a teenage cheerleader having sex with her stepfather while her mother showered upstairs. It was tame compared to Garza’s favorite film, which showed a gangbang at a factory in which two women were ritually humiliated.
“That was my thing,” the 35-year-old writer told The Post of the peak of her porn obsession. “That’s how I got off.”
Indeed, “Getting Off” is the title of Garza’s revealing new memoir, (Simon & Schuster, out Tuesday), which chronicles the two-decades-long addiction to sex and porn that began in her tweens.

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In it, she describes how she went from a self-conscious Catholic schoolgirl to a promiscuous adult hooked on risky intercourse and cellphone smut — an addiction widely regarded as more of a man’s “problem” than a woman’s.
“What I got was an elaborate mixture of shame and sexual excitement I had come to depend on since I was 12 years old,” Garza, now a monogamous and married mother of one, writes. “My methods of getting this only became darker and more intense, wreaking havoc on all aspects of my life.
Her porn habit started when she was struggling to fit in at middle school in the Los Angeles suburb of Montebello. Her main insecurity? Having to wear a back brace because she suffered from scoliosis. Bullied because of her appearance, she sought escape in watching soft-core porn on late-night cable TV.
Over her teenage years, as technology advanced — and she was able to stream porn over the Internet — Garza secretly accessed the salacious material whenever she wanted. She vividly remembers the leaked Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee sex tape that came out in 1997, when Garza was 15.
“I used to hide with my computer in the bedroom closet,” she said. “Part of the thrill was that I might get caught.
She wasn’t. And, after losing her virginity at 17, she almost got to the stage where she couldn’t imagine intercourse without her crutch.
“If I felt uncomfortable with the person I was having sex with, I put on porn as a kind of distraction,” added Garza, who says her male lovers regarded her as a “cool girl” because of her interest. “It felt like a relief for me because we had a sort of wall between us, and we didn’t have to get as [emotionally] intimate as we could have.”
After college, she engaged in violent and risky sex while moving around to Hawaii, LA, London and New York. It frequently involved hooking up with strangers without using condoms. Her preference heightened to hard-core porn, such as the scene in the factory featuring “two sweaty women and 50 horny men.”
“I think it was the element of shock,” she said.
Often, Garza’s real-life sex life mimicked porn scenes in which women were demeaned.
Afterwards, I would feel broken, unlovable, worthless and used,” she said. “But I was using men for my own needs, too.”
She was also influenced by the smoothly shaven look of the actresses — paying $50 every three weeks for a Brazilian wax so her private parts remained hair-free.
It wasn’t until her early 30s that Garza realized her infatuation was preventing her from bonding with men. That all changed when she met her now-husband, a 39-year-old app designer, on a trip to Bali.
“We watched porn at the beginning [of the relationship] because that was my habit,” said Garza, “but he wanted me to talk about why I used porn, and nobody had ever done that before.
For the first time, I really felt that I could be safe, supported and reveal who I was.
Back in LA, Garza tried the 12-step method to wean herself off her addiction. It worked to a limited extent: “However, I didn’t agree with the philosophy that you are powerless against this disease.”


Children today are exposed to pornography at an early age, and are able to see it effortlessly on every device connected to the internet. 

Once a problem that was generally ignored, porn has become such a risk that parents must now take aggressive steps to protect their children from it. 

That is the message behind Dan S. Spencer’s informative and helpful new book, “Every Parent’s Battle: A Family Guide to Resisting Pornography.”
While the focus of Spencer’s work is to tell parents what they can do to protect their children against the evils of pornography — which he does well — he also provides an insightful parenting guide for creating a healthy and wholesome family life, although he doesn’t make that claim himself. The steps Spencer offers about protecting children from porn are spot-on; the advice he offers about how to be a great parent may be even more valuable.

In the 28 pages of the first section, Spencer provides basic information concerning the porn industry

how it affects our brains and how it shapes our attitudes about healthy sexual behavior, especially the degrading of women and girls and introduces the concept that parents can and must do everything they can to protect their children from it.
In the second section, Spencer offers six strategies parents can use in their fight against porn. This section is the core of the book and provides the guidance on being a great parent. His recommendations to parents that they should show affection through words and physical touch, that they need to establish boundaries and enforce them and that they should speak with their children from the youngest ages to establish communication networks that will be used throughout life are excellent.
Chapter 7 on internet and digital safety provides simple steps parents can take to keep porn out of their home. Each of these six chapters ends with personal reflection and discussion questions, along with action steps which are very helpful.
The final section offers one brief chapter that provides a checklist based upon the ages of children of things parents can do related to mentoring, modeling, and the use of technology. These are valuable ideas. More would have been appreciated. Of the five appendices, the resources are of the most value, although limited in scope.
There are small problems with the book that raise some concerns. For example, in the foreword Peter Kleponis writes that most children are fully exposed to porn by the age of 8, yet Spencer uses the age of 11 and highlights it several times throughout the book. Which is it and what difference does it make?
Spencer never mentions the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Youth or the child safety training that takes place in every Catholic parish and school, although he does offer specific ideas that parents can use to teach their children about protecting themselves from sexual abuse. This idea needed additional development.
Finally, after specifically and correctly thanking Archbishop Gregory Aymond on page 172, the archbishop is named as “Daniel Amen” in a note on page 175. Errors and omissions such as these can raise doubts regarding other data and statements, which is unfortunate.
As Spencer makes clear, porn sells. The perniciousness of porn and Spencer’s advice for protecting and parenting our children provide ample reasons to buy this book.
“Every Parent’s Battle: A Family Guide to Resisting Pornography” by Dan S. Spencer III. Our Sunday Visitor Publishing (Huntington, Indiana, 2017)

New book can help families in fight against pornography Daniel S. Mulhall • Catholic News Service • January 5, 2018


Geoff Rogers, CEO of the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking, at the Justice Department's Summit on Human Trafficking in Washington on Feb. 2, 2018. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

WASHINGTON—Sex trafficking is a supply answer to a demand problem. But the least attention is paid to the demand side.
“Obviously the demand for sex isn’t something new. But the increasing insatiable desire for sex with children in our society is something new, and it’s running rampant in our society,” said Geoff Rogers, CEO of the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking, at a Justice Department Summit on Human Trafficking on Feb. 2.
“So as we focus on demand, we’re trying to get to the absolute core of where this is coming from.”
Rogers said the National Center on Sexual Exploitation has collected evidence from numerous studies that prove that pornography and our hypersexualized culture are driving the insatiable desire for sex and the purchase of sex, including that of children.


Societally, we need to shift. We’ve got to grab hold of this and understand that as a society it is not OK that we have an entire young generation of kids growing up with ready access to hardcore, deviant, violent pornography,” Rogers said.
“I heard one expert say it best—that pornography is one of the greatest unchecked social experiments that our world has ever seen.
Gail Dines, an emeritus professor of sociology and women’s studies at Boston’s Wheelock College, has studied the impact of pornography for over 25 years.
In a 2017 paper, Dines said the domestication of the internet, beginning around 2000, made pornography “affordable, accessible, and anonymous—the three key factors to increase demand and consumption.
Porn sites get more visitors each month than Netflix, Amazon, and Twitter combined, with Pornhub alone receiving 21.2 billion visits in 2015, which was an average of 58 million people a day, according to Dines. In 2017, that rose to 81 million per day.
“Studies show that nearly 49 percent of college males first encounter pornography before age 13,” she said.
An extensive 2010 study concluded that 90 percent of pornography scenes contained at least one aggressive physical or verbal act.
The perfect storm is here, where we have a young generation of kids that have access to hardcore, violent pornography on their cellphones at age 9, 10, 11,” Rogers said. “They’re growing up addicted to pornography; that’s shaping their sexual template. And at some point, they’re moving from visualization to actualization.”
Pornography is helping create a never-ending demand.
“If we had a scenario where we could rescue every single victim of sex trafficking in the country today, I would contend that, tomorrow, all we have is an incredible vacuum of supply that the traffickers would absolutely fill within a matter of time,” Rogers said.

Ending Trafficking

Rogers launched the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking in 2016 with Kevin Malone, the former general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Malone has been fighting trafficking for nine years, and Rogers five years.
Their mission is to end human trafficking in America.
“It’s a bold statement, but we do believe we can and we believe as an organization and a society, we must,” Rogers said. “I’ve got to believe that we collectively can end the mass, organized rape of our nation’s children for profit.
“Of all of the social problems we face, we should be able to stop that one.”
Rogers has helped set up a residential facility for boy victims of sex trafficking in Florida. The five-bed home opened last year for boys aged between 10 and 17.
He is also looking at how to consolidate the thousands of non-profits around the country to combat the problem from every angle.
“I’m looking at this from a business perspective—I came out of IBM—I’m not looking at this from a social services perspective, and neither is my co-founder Kevin Malone,” Rogers said. He said their focus is on finding and replicating best practices.
He said real change will take the pulling together of criminal justice, the education system, businesses in the community, the healthcare industry, the technology industry, the faith-based organizations, and churches.
Rogers touted King County in Seattle as an example.
“What they found was when all of these organizations chased after demand at the same time, is when they saw this reduction,” he said.
Based on that model of success, Rogers developed the Trafficking Free Zone program, which is a replicable system that brings all community groups together to tackle the demand problem. Pasco County in Florida is the first county in the nation to sign on.
Rogers is also working with the Florida legislature to identify pornography as a public health crisis in the state of Florida. He is hopeful it will pass this year.

A Personal Story

Gabe Deem’s story is just one of many thousands in America.
I was first exposed to porn around the age of eight. I was playing with some neighborhood friends and we found a Playboy magazine,” Deem wrote in a paper last year. “At age 10 my family got cable TV, and I would stay up late at night watching soft-core porn while my parents thought I was sleeping.”
But it was at age 12 when his family got high-speed internet that things really ramped up for Deem.
Within days, I was watching hardcore porn. I would ride my bike home from school as fast as I could and watch porn for a couple hours before my parents got home. By the time I was out of middle school, I had seen just about every genre of porn there was. I wasn’t the only kid doing this. Kids at school would often exchange pieces of paper with tips on where to find it and how to hide it from our parents.”
In high school, it was more of the same, especially after Deem and his classmates got their own laptops at school.
The first thing the guys did was figure out how we could play video games. The second thing we did was figure out how we could watch porn.
Deem said he was unable to have a healthy relationship with women until he quit pornography in his early 20s.
“In retrospect, it is clear that pornography was affecting our behavior, how we viewed and treated our peers, and our sexuality,” he said.
Deem has since started a recovery community called Reboot Nation to help young people get help and quit pornography. It grew to about 10,000 members in three years, said Deem.
The shift from pornography to paying for sex with children is not a big one to make when looking at research in this area.
Deem pointed to a 2012 survey where around 1,500 men on a porn recovery forum were asked if their tastes in pornography had changed with continued use.
“Fifty-six percent reported that their porn tastes had become ‘increasingly extreme or deviant.’ Twenty-four percent were bothered by this; 32 percent were not,” Deem wrote.
“So we can get very real on where this insatiable desire for sex with children is coming from,” Rogers said. “As a society, it’s time to get serious about the way that we’re approaching the topic of sex with our children, the topic of pornography, and the overall hypersexualization of our society.”

Education

It’s also personal for Rogers. He has three boys, aged 13, 10, and 7.
“I look at my young boys and I want to raise them to not become a buyer of sex,” he said. He said hearing stories of child sex trafficking and then coming home to his boys, who are the same age as children being trafficked is “an insane reality.”
He said he tries to instill values in his children on how to treat young women and what it means to be a man.  
“And the problem that we have … everything that I can instill in my kids about how to treat women well, all they need to do is get a hold of pornography videos that are free online, one click away on a cell phone, and they will see the ultimate degradation of women in our society.”

The Consequences

And while girls are not the major consumers of pornography, they suffer the consequences, Dines said, “because they engage in sexual relationships with boys and men who have had their sexual templates shaped by mainstream online violent pornography.”
She said research from the American Psychological Association shows that girls who internalize the messages of the hypersexualized pop culture tend to have more depression, anxiety, lower self-esteem, eating disorders, and risky sexual behavior.
“Moreover, girls are more at risk for rape, battery, and being trafficked in a society where pornography is normalized,” Dines said.
She said unfortunately many parents are unaware of the degree of “brutality and dehumanization” that is common in today’s mainstream pornography, they have no idea that pornography is so accessible, and they don’t know how to approach their children about this topic.
“Parents are our first and often most influential teachers and, according to studies, a supportive family environment is a key preventive factor,” Dines said. “This means that it is imperative that they become educated about this serious threat to their children’s well-being, and that they are equipped with the skills needed to have ‘courageous conversations’ with their children.”

Pornography can lead to human trafficking, group says Jan 26, 2018



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