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Hawaii Researcher Studies Effects Of Child Pornography

Published On: Nov 30 2010 09:57:15 PM HST
Updated On: Dec 01 2010 06:12:04 AM HST
HONOLULU -

A University of Hawaii researcher believes some form of child pornography could be beneficial, based on his findings from years of evidence.

Pornography is easily accessible in America and accepted by millions, but it is a different story when it comes to child pornography.

"I think it's very disgusting thing that men and women partake in it. It is very dehumanizing for a student or a child to endure that kind of abuse," said Marcia Howard, of Waimanalo.

Looking over decades of data from countries where pornography was illegal but is now legal, University of Hawaii researcher professor Milton Diamond discovered something significant.

"Everywhere that pornography has been introduced sex crimes have gone down," said Diamond.

Especially sex crimes committed against children.

"In those three countries where child porn is legal the sex abuse against children is very low and it has gone down compared to when it was illegal," added Diamond.

That startling fact, along with his study will be published Wednesday in the Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Diamond said child pornography gives would-be abusers a different outlet to channel their desires.

"We think the perpetrator is more likely to use pornography to masturbate and not go after kids, so we think it's better for kids," said Diamond.

Diamond made it clear, he is not a proponent of using children for pornography.

"I don't think they should use kids to make child porn. They can do it artificially and if that reduces child sex crimes, I think that is a plus," said Diamond.

But some worried encouraging any pedophilic behavior is just asking for trouble.

"What's to say a person watching a porn with a doll wouldn't get tired of a doll and then want to find a vulnerable child to do that with. I don't think that's a good idea at all," said Howard.

As part of his research Diamond also looked at countries that have recently made child pornography illegal and said the rate of child sex abuse there is rising.

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