The Risks Associated With Official Minimization of Child Sexual Abuse Data


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Title: The Risks Associated With Official Minimization of Child Sexual Abuse Data
Publication: The Institute for Media Education
Author: Judith A. Reisman, Ph.D.
Date: 07/01/2002

An Examination of Relevant Child Abuse Data Suggesting That Reported Decreased Violence to Adults May be a Function of Unreported Increased Violence to Children

This paper explores the false pornography mantra, “sex crime is down while pornography use is up, proving pornography is harmless.” A key fatal methodological flaw in sex crime oversight has been the absence of any federal mandate to collect pornography data–despite collecting data on drugs and alcohol–as an evidentiary contributing factor to child abuse, incest, child sexual seduction, sodomy and rape.

Part I examines the changes in attitudes toward sex crimes that began in the 1950’s with the since-discredited research of Dr. Alfred Kinsey et al. (Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, 1948, and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female, 1953). Part II introduces the methodology for the FBI/DOJ undercount of child sexual abuse. Part III examines new data from DOJ on sex crimes against children 0 to 18. Part IV adds ancillary protective and justice agency data documenting rates of violence to and by children. Part V presents some discussion and conclusions.

 

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