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Words matter: we must not diminish this crime against the innocent

Politicians and the media need to show leadership in the terms used to reflect the gravity of child sexual abuse, writes Jillian van Tournhout

24th November, 2019

There is no such thing as child pornography. These images are of a crime scene.

Our words matter. Child sexual abuse material is the depiction of a crime in progress – a child being sexually abused.

The repugnant nature of depictions of incest, children being raped or sadistically assaulted or tortured for the sexual gratification of paedophiles is not adequately captured by the term ‘child pornography’.

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