New Study Sheds Light On Prevalence Of Child Pornography

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – You may think of child pornography as something that could never hit close to home, or some uncommon perversion. Now a new study is shedding light on the prevalence of child pornography in the United States.

The findings are unsettling.

The study focused on just one file-sharing program, Gnutella, over the course of one year. They found that just under 250,000 computers in the US were sharing and receiving images of child pornography.

“What it tells me is there are people you would not suspect involved in this,” said Chris Newlin, Executive Director of the National Children’s Advocacy Center.

For more perspective, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has collected more than 60 million images of child pornography from the internet. They have identified less than one percent of the victims.

Newlin points to a lack of resources available to national and local law enforcement agencies to address, and track down people disseminating images depicting sexual abuse of children.

He stresses the need is great and urgent. For every person who would claim to just ‘look’ at the images, Newlin suggests a much graver reality.

“If someone has this stuff on their computer, there’s a very high likelihood they have abused children. Not just a child. Children.”

This is why Newlin urges people who know someone who is looking at images of child pornography to turn them in.

3 comments

  • oncefallendotcom

    Newlin is filling us with more victim industry propaganda. He is alluding to a study that was rejected by the scientific community and even rescinded by the people who created the study. In addition, he won’t tell you that much of the so-called CP out there are are items the FBI uses to track this stuff in the first place. Why would the FBI allow so much of it out there? That’s the real question. Places like the NCMEC and Newlin’s group collects millions in funds but they actually do nothing to try to prevent it, either. Their top priority is scaring the public and making money.

  • Anoni Tihnker

    Let me see “Newlin points to a lack of resources available to national and local law enforcement agencies to address,”

    and…

    He stresses the need is great and urgent. For every person who would claim to just ‘look’ at the images,

    My question is why is the NCMEC excluded from “If someone has this stuff on their computer, there’s a very high likelihood they have abused children. Not just a child. Children.”

    What will the collection of pictures accomplish? Okay I can understand the identification of victims and reporting child pornography websites online, but other than that the baton of ignorance has been passed from Ernest Allen to this fool who holds his values to be true. There is nothing any agency in the world can do to eradicate images that are already out there.

    Possessing pictures of any sort does not indicate anything previously that has occurred. The majority of people that have been arrested left the “share folder” feature turned on in their P2P application.

    If Newlin says ““If someone has this stuff on their computer, there’s a very high likelihood they have abused children. Not just a child. Children.” Then this means that child pornography is NOT necessary for someone to abuse a child rather he implies abusing a child is an apparent prerequisite to obtaining child pornography?

  • Advocate2

    There s no basis or studies that support Newlin’s assertions – in fact experts and studies support just the opposite of these statements. Newlin is trying to use the popular public scare tactic to spur even more hatred

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