Child Pornography: The Never-Ending Humiliation

 

While visiting with my son recently in Dawsonville, GA, I picked up a local newspaper and found a story about a local man, Jody Lee Chadwick, age 35, who had been arrested on child pornography charges. Chadwick’s arrest was part of a child pornography sweep which resulted in more than two dozen arrests statewide as part of an investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Sheriff’ Lt. Tony Wooten, who had just completed a three-day training course on Internet crime, and says “There is so much out there (child porn) and it’s so easy for people to find.” He also issued a warning to parents to monitor their children closely when they are on the Internet because there are so many predators who seek out the sites frequented by children.

Jody Chadwick is an unemployed man who spends the bulk of his time online viewing pictures and videos of children who are being molested. Police found in his possession three videos and a still photo of children involved in sexually explicit conduct. Many of the more than two dozen arrested in this sweep were reported to the task force by their Internet Service Providers.

In another incident, Lenny Shuster, 47, of Connecticut was arrested last year for traveling in order to have sex with a minor. On Shuster’s computer the police found many images of child sexual assaults, including the video of a six-year-old Florida girl being raped by her uncle. The girl, who is now 15 years old, is haunted because the images of her sexual assault keep playing over and over across the Internet. She says of her experience, “Knowing that some sick person is looking at me on the computer every day in a way that no child should ever be looked at . . . makes me feel violated (again). It makes me want to throw up.”

According to The Innocent Justice Foundation, there is a direct correlation between viewing pornographic images and sexual contact with children. Information on the Innocent Justice website also says that Government statistics show that those who view pornography have already violated from 14-31 victims before they are ever caught and that the United States is the number one producer and consumer of pornography in the world. That is a record that should cause America great shame.

As we become more aware of the size and scope of this problem in our nation, and as more agencies and government funding is directed toward solving the problem, we can make a difference. There is even more help on the horizon for The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces, which will help to network information and technologies as we all join hands together to defeat this blight upon our nation and rescue the many innocent victims of internet crimes against children.

The young lady who was victimized in Florida at age 6 continues to experience this never-ending humiliation as her pictures are spread across the country and around the world. No child should ever have to bear that kind of humiliation.

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