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Big Child Porn Bust Raises Questions About Length of Punishment

It was called Dreamboard, but for many child victims, it was a nightmare. The online members-only bulletin board granted membership to men from the U.S. and several countries around the world when they submitted child pornography of children age 12 and younger. Officials said some victims were infants.

Members had to continue submitting content to maintain their membership, and elevated access was given to those who submitted more. The highest status was given to those members who submitted photos or video made personally of them abusing children.

 

To date, 72 men have been charged, of them 52 have been arrested, 13 of them have pleaded guilty and 4 men in the U.S. alone have already been convicted. More than 500 members from around the world are also under investigation. I thank God that law enforcement was so successful and I think we all owe a heartfelt thanks to the officials for their tireless work over the several years of this case (starting in 2009).

There is one question that arises, however. In the four convictions, the sentencing was 20 to 30 years. This is good, of course, but I think the justice system needs to realize the nature of child sexual abusers. To put it in spiritual terms, this is a tough demon to fight. Men who have twisted minds and are addicted to sexually abusing children are not easily rehabilitated. In fact, I'd say it's impossible without a miracle from the Lord. The recidivism rate is proven to be very high. Many of these guys re-offend in one way or another once they get out of jail, and if we're talking about hard core child porn addicts and men who encouraged others to create porn by raping more children, I don't like the thought of them being out on the streets again in 20 to 30 years. Sure, they'll be in an offender registry, which is good, but that doesn't work perfectly and doesn't prevent them from finding some new way to abuse a new victim in a new situation.

What kind of punishment is appropriate? I'm not sure. A victim of child sexual abuse may survive physically, but emotionally and spiritually they are wounded for life. Many of these men have multiple vicitms. How does society appropriately punish for that? One thing is clear, though, we are making progress in stopping child sexual abuse online. I thank God for that, and I pray He gives us more wisdom on how to punish the offenders and prevent this from happening again.

09.23.2017 | Grant

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reblroze
Tuesday, 03 April 2012

I disagree with you on your comment about re-offending. Studies show that recidivism rates are low. Yes, ppl that hurt children should pay for their crimes, but they should also be given the opportunity to receive mental help, which they arent given in prison.

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Saturday, 23 September 2017

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