Final Research Paper
Child Pornography and Pedophilia: A Multidimensional Viewpoint
Child porn is by definition, the illegal use of children in pornographic pictures or films. Many assume that a person who views child pornography is always exclusively a pedophile and always wishes to seek out children to abuse. Pedophilia is defined by sexual feelings towards children and while those viewing child pornography have definite sexual feelings while viewing child pornography, it may be just feelings and the viewer will never progress towards real life interaction. According to Carlson, the viewing of child porn leads to pedophilia and child abuse. “Studies suggest a strong correlation between those who seek out child pornography and those would be diagnosed as pedophiles.” (Carlson 27). Carlson goes on to say that if an individual who has pedophilic fantasies and view child pornography is not inhibited in some way they will go after sexual relationships with children outside of the internet. Carlson continues, “These individuals are compelled to commit sex offenses in order to fulfill their incessant sexual fantasies.” McCarthy opposes this view by stating that out of a group of 1,713 sample child pornography offenders 40% were what McCarthy referred to as “dual offenders”; meaning they have committed non-contact crimes as well as contact crimes. (McCarthy 183) McCarthy states in opposition to the previous statements that it is documented that sex offender’s use the internet to groom and meet potential victims, as well as network with others who share similar deviant sexual interests. Quayle suggests that possible pedophiles may use the internet and child pornography as a means to “substitute” seeking out and abusing children. (Quayle 331) Quayle also varies in her decision on whether child pornography leads to pedophilia and contact offenses. Differentiating from her comments about pornography being a...