We do not agree with this finding, but we are not experts either. This may be like when something is illegal, people want it, but when it's legal, people don't want it anymore?
Says Porn Lowers Sex Abuse Of Children
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.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Location: Honolulu, HI, USA
FORT WAYNE - Prosecutors have filed rape charges against a Fort Wayne police officer, saying he attacked a woman he had arrested for drunken driving.
Allen County prosecutors added the two counts of rape on Thursday to the charges against Officer Mark Rogers. He had first been charged in September sexual and official misconduct.
The Journal Gazette reports the new charges allege Rogers stopped the woman and took her to a hospital for treatment because of her high level of intoxication. Prosecutors say that after she was release from the hospital Roger took her to a city park and had sex with her.
Defense attorney David Zent didn't immediately return a telephone message from The Associated Press seeking comment.
Location: Fort Wayne, IN, USA