In today’s world, Pedophilia and Child Sexual Abuse are all too common. Perpetrators of these behaviors often go unpunished or even unrecognized. The Roman Catholic Church is an example of how deviant behavior can be overlooked as Priests are “shuffled” to different Parishes.
The United Nations has advanced “A Children’s Bill of Rights,” but it does not go far enough. In particular, their version does not account for the psychological well-being of a child who has undergone significant and prolonged Trauma.
Should Child Sexual Abuse occur, children need to know that they can turn to someone even if they do not have a family or other emotional support system to rely on. In the United Nation’s Version, three “Articles” should be amended within the context of a new framework that allows survivors to reclaim their memories of a loving upbringing.
Article 17: Member-States should take more responsibility for that which is published online digitally. This is an important issue regarding censorship. However, children do not have the ability to defend what is published online about them. States must enact better filtering and monitoring of child pornography and online sexual content that is posted about victims without their consent. States can accomplish this in three ways:
- Mandate the reporting of pornography related income by producers. Reporting requirements should identify products to ensure that minors or those without consent are not harmed in the products of pornography-related material.
- Create a database of pornography-related material that includes proper consent documentation from actresses and actors, directors, etc. This includes pornography that is released in traditional media such as DVDs and Print.
- The prioritization of pornography viewership must become a fundamental human mental health need, especially for men, in the 21st Century. States must take more responsibility in providing resources to mental health practitioners to combat habitual pornography viewing as part of the “prissing” of Adult Men and Boys. Our definition of Manhood must include Men who do not sit behind a computer screen, but are capable of approaching and winning the affection of Women.
Article 5: In many Countries, parents and extended families create a network of abuse by failing to report and punish perpetrators. Libertarianism does not conflict with law, especially one of the most important laws of all, to protect the innocence of Children! States must not protect abusers!
Prosecuting childhood sexual abuse cases is one of the most challenging cases to prosecute for two reasons: 1. Interviewing children as witnesses recalls the traumatic episode and can lead to further psychological damage and 2. children are not reliable material witnesses. Children speak a different language than adults.
States must study and introduce a better understanding of how children interpret and communicate childhood sexual abuse trauma. The perspectives of children cannot be discarded when they are screaming at the top of their lungs for help. It is well-studied that children share a “common language” in how they perceive and communicate childhood sexual abuse. This language must be better studied, but then introduced as a framework for material evidence in prosecuting childhood sexual assault.
Article 1: The United Nations states that children are defined legally as anybody under the age 18. We move to change this definition to define “Children” as those who cannot legally consent to sexual related activity. This does not require that teenage partners sign a contract before engaging in sexual activity, this simply expands the definition to include those who have had their identities stolen digitally such as individuals who have had their image published without their consent. This is very important in prosecuting sexual abuse because often victims do not discover that they are victims until later in life.
A Children’s Bills of Rights can be accelerated and given “teeth” to actually protect children if the Bill of Rights occurs within a framework of consumer freedom AND protection. The current framework, adopted by organizations like the United Nations is virtually a PR statement when children need actual laws to protect and heal. We must push toward legalizing some aspects of “sex work” so that we can create better regulatory mechanisms around sex work reporting and accountability.
Some organizations seek solutions that obscure pornography and other digital content such as the introduction of “deep fakes.” However, that does not go far enough. Without oversight, we are exposing children and victims who have their content published without consent to a lifetime of perpetual victim-hood.