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How extreme porn has become a gateway drug into child abuse

[theguardian.com – 12/15/20]

Michael Sheath has been counselling people with what he describes as “deviant sexual interests” for a long time.

“I have been working with men who abuse children for 33 years. For the first 15 years I worked with child molesters and I still do that, but now I also work with downloaders of child abuse imagery and online groomers.”

Sheath is principal practitioner at the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, counselling men who have been arrested for looking at child abuse images. He is on the frontline of what experts say is a global crisis in online child abuse. There has been a year-on-year rise in child abuse images found circulating online, and every month 900 children are safeguarded and around 700 men are arrested or visit a police station in connection with indecent images of children.

Sheath is seeing what he believes is a dangerous cultural shift in the profile of offenders, brought about by the enormous change that increasingly extreme pornography is having on the developing teenage mind.

 

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Another incredibly stupid theory. But if it keeps the money coming in to the Lucy Faithful Foundation why not.
Sex is etched into the human DNA. The only thing different now is the existence of the internet.

Looks to me like this guy just adjusted his practice to score off of those CP stings, and his supposed research geared toward feeding the mythology.

@ Dustin: This guy is the modern iteration of the “therapist” who so famously said the words “frightening and high”. 🙄😖

So this guy points out how the database driven machines infrastructure impacts the younger crowd of ” sex offenders ” attitudes toward sexuality. Young men exposed to variants of ” cultural deviation” via the wide variety of searchable FREE LEGAL INTERNET PORNOGRAPHY
databases. Too many to reference huh!

Naturally the database is dangerous, so why not begin with human indenture to them and their maintenance. Who protects the children from the databases? Seriously! There is a reason why it began with offenders found guilty of solely child crimes. To lend benevolence to database driven machines infrastructure and unfettered ( unconstitutional) use particularly supported by the DOE03 decisions. Liberty in database use.

I bet if the FBI went through Michael sheath labtop or desktop computers they find alot of research/ CP and crazy porn videos.
In reality people who download CP have serious personal problems and I don’t think watching porn at a youg age has anything to do with it though I do believe these fantasies developed over time and eventually manifest into abusing children or downloading CP.
I hope sheath and his fake as theories can heal these people of their CP fetishes though I highly doubt it

Good luck

Aero1,

I had 20 pix on my computer of what turned out to be a rather well developed 15 yr old, along with other legit items from the same file on a share app. I have no fantasies and no serious personal issues other than comments like yours that seems like it deflecting from or projecting your own problems. I personally feel that anyone that committed the offenses such as buying sex, having underage sex, drinking alcohol, smoking meth, not paying attention to road laws, eating animals and judging strangers have deep rooted personal issues. Basically, the world. But I’m sure your offense had nothing to do with being a gateway drug towards a more serious problem…….

Using the rhetoric of the failed drug war – the long-discredited theory “gateway drug” says everything I need to know about this guys credibility. He has none. Just another stooge for the govt to redirect their wasteful drug war spending into new public enemy number one.

“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.”

Van,
Good point. Gateway has no meaning really. As if Aspirin: a white pill and pain killer is the precursor to other little white pills that kill pain – opioids. The gateway argument is circular and not science.

“It is the increasingly extreme themes available on mainstream porn sites that he thinks legitimise further deviant and criminal behaviour.” Propaganda; that’s what this is.

Talk with sexologists, such as those participating in the SexNet academic discussion forum, and they will provide a very different perspective. The claims about evermore “deviant” sexual appetites being fed by porn is pure bullshit. Virtually all of those scholars will say that online porn is the best “relief valve” there is. In this country, the religious fundamentalists are the chief propagators of this mythology. In the U.K., it’s the feminists.

Those sexologists probably support sex dolls and self pleasure to give people relief. Not every thing sex related is a sin, so stop selling your tainted tonic!!

Hi Brandon, I’m not sure if you were saying that my tonic is tainted or not (and it probably is) but it’s true that the media narrative about porn, pedophilia, kids and sex is not shared by those who are serious scholars of human sexuality. I think that, to use an old term that has fallen into disuse but which needs desperately to be revived, “consciousness raising” within our community of Registrants is essential and must include the goal of better informing ourselves of what the actual science says about these subjects and ourselves; it bears no resemblance to popular beliefs which are rooted in atavistic prejudice, fear and loathing. Distinguishing between solid scientific evidence and the pseudo-pop-science tendentiousness that dominates cultural discourse is essential in fighting unreason and prejudice.

@ Notorious D.I.k ( Dealing in Kicks/kindness)

I agree with you on Sexologist views on the issues of porn and other sex related problems.

Cheers to your non-tainted tonic

So David Kennerly is now the Notorious D.I.K. Good to hear from you. Can’t wait until you release your rap album.
Are you going to give us a discount on the Notorious D.I.K. gear or do we have to pay full price?

Oh, I’ve been “Notorious” for as long as I can remember 🙂

I’ve been wanting to sell a line of t-shirts for a long time, too. I suspect, though, that no one would wear them in public. So, I suspect that that would limit sales.

Happy New Year!

Not how it works.

My own experiences and everyone I’ve ever talked with in groups quickly dispelled the extreme porn gateway myth. First of all there’s a huge difference between the most extreme legal pornography and the majority of illegal content that could be found with relatively short searches. In other words rape fantasy doesn’t lead to actual rape content or conduct nor does it somehow lead to rape conduct/content involving anyone under eighteen. Also if someone was actually interested in the real thing anyone who believes they would settle for fantasy is insane.

In fact it is far more likely that materials way tamer than most 18+ pornography would lead to -18 pornography instead of extreme content. Actually plenty non pornographic images and videos are just as good at leading to illegal porn. Moreover research shows greater access to pornography in general (including stuff that is legal in some places and not others) does decrease crime in those areas. No one is suggesting all pornography be made legal everywhere. Rather if having to choose between new crimes committed or giving people outlets so they don’t act out the preference is for outlets. Granted a scale or spectrum exists for every possible option allowing for plenty of flexibility as needed on a case by case basis. Just one of the many available avenues would be pornography and under the appropriate circumstances perhaps even something that isn’t legal in that locale. Again no one has put forth a proposal anywhere near anything like this on a large scale. Simply put the research points in the direction of societies are less screwed up when there’s greater freedom of sexual expression and release.

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