Novelist John Grisham thinks penalties for “child porn” viewers are too harsh. We disagree. What do *you* think?
“We have prisons now filled with guys my age. Sixty-year-old white men in prison who’ve never harmed anybody, would never touch a child… But they got online one night and started surfing around, probably had too much to drink or whatever, and pushed the wrong buttons, went too far and got into child porn.”
The author of legal thrillers such as The Firm and A Time to Kill who has sold more than 275m books during his 25-year career, cited the case of a “good buddy from law school” who was caught up in a Canadian child porn sting operation a decade ago as an example of excessive sentencing.
“His drinking was out of control, and he went to a website. It was labelled ‘sixteen year old wannabee hookers or something like that’. And it said ’16-year-old girls’. So he went there. Downloaded some stuff – it was 16 year old girls who looked 30.
“He shouldn’t ’a done it. It was stupid, but it wasn’t 10-year-old boys. He didn’t touch anything. And God, a week later there was a knock on the door: ‘FBI!’ and it was sting set up by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to catch people – sex offenders – and he went to prison for three years.”
READ THE REST OF THIS STORY AT THE LINK BELOW — And watch the VIDEO of Grisham explaining how watching (and almost certainly masturbating to) images of child sexual abuse, and therefore creating a DEMAND for them, isn’t really that bad at all!
~ After the above interview was published there was great public outrage. Then John Grisham ‘apologized’ on his website. It’s good he did this, but was he sincere, or just doing some necessary PR damage control to try to calm people’s upset and salvage his reputation and career? We can’t help but wonder…
For the record, there have been numerous peer-reviewed studies which have documented a link between viewing of child pornography and the committing of sex crimes against children in “real life” by those porn viewers.
~ Here’s a NYT article which discusses a study that estimates as many as 85% of viewers of child pornography have already, or will directly molest/rape/sexually abuse children:
~ Also, here’s a powerful impact statement by a victim/survivor of filmed child sexual abuse (“child pornography”), that John Grisham thinks it’s not so bad to view and masturbate to:
~ Finally, here’s an example of a man who is dealing with child pornography and his attraction to children properly — by NOT using child porn, or sexual offending, but instead by supporting anti-pornography efforts, including our organization:
“I am a 23 year old male, and I am opposed to porn. Although I see a few benefits to SOME porn, I also see the harm.
I must admit, I am sexually attracted to children mainly, and to young looking adults. (No, I have not comitted any sexual act with a child, as I am against it.) I study psychology and see the harm it does to children, and as a result see the harm to adults can be the same.
I support non-harmful means for a person to have sexual release, but real porn causes too much harm. It can help a single man, or woman, but I see more harm in the world.
The main concern is child abuse and child sex abuse, which is good, but these pornographic behaviors in many houses are hurting children and adults. I am glad to see an organization addressing these problems. So, I have started donating and plan to donate more.”
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