on the Internet is real child abuse. It uses real
children and causes enormous damage for children
The Internet is a very powerful new
technology for exploiting children. There is an
increased demand for the product and it uses emotionally
detached language. These are not "cyberspace" children,
these are our children.
Children used for pornography are
often being groomed for future and further abuse.
We need your help - the help of technological
experts to help address this form of child abuse.
We need local and global education
campaigns through the Internet, radio, television
and newspapers to combat child abuse. We need research
Police "recovered more than 100,000
pornographic images of children as young as two
from one U.S. based pedophile club known as "Wonderland"
which exchanges pornographic pictures of children
on the Internet."
The images they traded like baseball
cards were of children tied up, children being
raped, children having sex with animals, adults
or other children. Suspects include teachers,
a scientist, a medical student, a scout master,
an accountant and a university professor. The
Toronto Star, September 3 and 6, 1998.
I will Love,
Honour and Protect
BEWARE THE NIGHT
Beware this street laced
with hungry dogs
Impatiently licking their lips
in shadowy doorways
I hear them gnawing on the fragment
bones of ignorance and innocence
I am destined to be savaged
by a rabid dog,
for I walk unseen
close in the shadows of tall
building and I must surly
meet such beasts
But again if I seek the bright
openness of the neon lights,
green eyes from the bordering
malevolent darkness wait
to jump out to render me
Be vigilant friend if passing
you hear, echoing
from the blackened ally way,
-- Beware! ----
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Vera is a good girl.
And has alway been.
You are never alone.
There is always hope.
SHE'S A "LITTLE ONE".
JUST A CHILD
Locked up tight within her own tears
Tears frozen in space and time so she won’t
punished for crying
So lonely and so needy, she shakes and rocks
to soothe herself
She is lost,
In a world where she
readily accepts what frightens and hurt her
so terrified of getting what she wants most.
I learned from the honesty
of the quilt squares.
Little child, frightened
you were forced to know the truth
adult knowledge thrust upon you
drowned in a Flood of terror and despair
My shattered heart.
Little child, helpless
trapped in ways you couldn't explain
by things you didn't understand
hopeless fog and blinding depression
Little girl, lost Self
with the grief of a woman but the soul of a child
You long for your baby
and I long for mine.
Little child, murdered
lifeless and empty
I remember, now, what happened.
Let me take what is unbearable, let me feel the anguish
I grew up for us both.
I'm here now, I've come back for you as I promised
Give your burden to me.
Precious child, treasured Self
I know what to do now.
I know how to help.
Discussion - Child Prostitution and
Child Sex Rings
Identification/Refinement of key themes:
- A lack of public awareness, education
- Myths about sexual abuse, sex
rings and a connection to prostitution.
- Impact on an individuals
life - the survivors perspective.
- Why is society in denial, and
how is this accomplished?
- How do pedophiles maintain their
groups. How can they be identified? How to they
propagate these activities.
1. The reality of child sex rings and prostitution:
Child sex rings
and prostitution happens to children/individuals
who are vulnerable, perhaps related to institutions
abusive situations are more likely to become
involved in sex rings or prostitution than those
who are not.
are soliciting, there is no choice. Even when
adults are soliciting, there are no choices.
2. Impact of abuse:
There is a life-long
impact resulting in internal (emotional, physical)
and external (behavioural) problems.
disorder is real. Memory loss from trauma is
real and can be recovered both outside and inside
on the part of the abused and abuser.
3. Myths about the impact of abuse:
no sense of personal power, and are not capable
of functioning as an adult and making good choices.
perceived as unable to function, and allowances
are made for their dysfunction instead of a
search for the cause of such dysfunction.
memories affect an individuals life and
Sense of predetermined
fate to continue in an abusive/abused
out in symbolic forms such as disease, abuse
of others or choice of an abuser as a partner,
alcoholic or drug addiction, life long impact
tend to be more common among survivors.
Impact of sex
rings/prostitution on survivors: a complete
sense of isolation; the message to the abused
child is that society itself is responsible/corrupt;
there is no out there, no safe place,
Why is society in denial, and how
is this accomplished?
Society is associated
with the government/media.
There is profit
in denial. Abusers have a vested interest in
denial and comfort.
interest and both conscious and unconscious
Those who have
not experienced this type of trauma have difficulty
in understanding higher pain.
Often those who
attack survivors are often in denial about abusers
There are safety
issues related to a lack of education on this
There is a lack of public awareness
of sex rings. There are many myths and a lack
of perspective on the part of the public.
Prostitution and its connections
to child abuse are unclear. The myth of prostitution
is that they do it because they love it.
Society is in denial - offers closure without
examining the underlying issues behind prostitution.
There is a lack of education around the issue
of prostitution/abuse in the school system at
The myth of pedophilia and child
prostitution is that young boys choose to
participate. How do pedophiles organize
and sustain their activities? Does the anonymity
of the internet propagate these activities? Is
a child sex ring a child used by a number of abusers?
This is worse than the abuse of a child by a caregiver,
because no bond is formed. The child is totally
isolated. His or her abuser has no power within
the group. Survivors often develop strong defenses
to cope, and may have very high pain thresholds.
When the abuse occurs outside the family environs,
the memories are often more difficult to access.
Memories may be triggered by specific
words. There is often a lack of acknowledgement
of the abuse by the abuser. A defense mechanism
develops - the child is special. The
photographic aspect of this type of abuse can
encourage exhibitionistic behaviour.
The connection between prostitution
and abuse is so obvious. Why is the public surprised
by this? Survivors are vulnerable and often prone
to being seduced into pornography
and prostitution. Survivors also often feel that
they are fated to continue in an abused
Myth of suppression:
People think that it is possible
to bury memories without affecting the individual
concerned. It is easier to blame the victim than
the abuser. The survivor becomes objectified
and develops a strong sense of denial as a coping
mechanism. This is the reason behind the denial
of this type of abuse by society.
People are more concerned about
protecting their own comfort level than protecting
the comfort levels of children. People do not
want to confront the issues. This type of
thing doesnt happen in Canada.
Social service agencies, law enforcement
staff and others working in this field become
desensitized, because the truth is so horrific.
As well, the male identity in our culture encourages
suppression of these issues, and the majority
of institutions tend to be male centred
in terms of their operational framework.
The Maple Leaf Gardens issue did
generate a public outcry. However, this was bothersome,
because of the media identification with the hockey
icon image as a vehicle to address abuse
issues. This disregards other survivors who are
not associated with a celebrity association.
There are also issues associated
with validation and celebrity endorsement. Another
difficulty is presented by the incorrect association
of abuse with lower economic class structures.
The message is most often dependent upon the messenger
for clarity and accuracy.
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Cusack, Jim. Fighting The Child
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McMurchie, Laura Lyne. Proposed
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United Nations, General Assembly
and Canada, Human Rights Directorate. Convention
on the Rights of the Child. Ottawa: Human Rights
CBC the fifth estate: Landslide
The largest international
police investigation in history shut down a web
site called Landslide Productions in Texas. Landslide
provided subscribers with the names of web sites
that dealt in child pornography; its owners were
convicted and sent to prison. The global list
of Landslide's subscribers exceeded 300,000 people
and among them were more than 2,000 Canadians.
But, as Linden MacIntyre reports, even with that
information Canadian police are finding prosecutions
here difficult to get."
CBC NEWS WEB SITE --
Internet Resources on Child Porn
CANADIAN PORN POLICE UNITS
Child Exploitation unit
P - OPP unit
PORNOGRAPHY IN CANADA
child exploitation laws - from CBC.ca
Supreme Court and child porn: Saving children
or thought control? - from CBC.ca
Watch Foundation - UK organization
Project - Combatting Paedophile Networks in
Addressing Sexual Exploitation - adovocacy group
Canada - an internet safety organization
sites against child porn - a place to report
child porn sites
- protecting children on the internet
- a web site where you can report child porn on
Convention of the Rights of the Child
Kids are people too!
Children have rights too!
Stop the abuse!
Children are a privilege...
...not a right!
that are abused...
...will be lost!
Stop the violence
help the children.
All people should be free
like a bird
free from a cage.
Hanna, age 9
UN Convention on
the Rights of the Child
Never give up on your
rights to be treated with
love and respect.
Please be strong and
brave and tell someone
who can help stop the
Now is the time to heal.
My prayers are with
my prescious son Isiah
Every child deserves
Don’t abuse your kids.
Stop and give a hand.
Kids have feelings.
Don’t because kids are
Child Abuse Network
It abuses children's
I hate it!
Zachary, age 11