As an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse, my heart always is deeply touched when I hear about another child being sexually abused. After reading an account of many children being sexually abused by their own parents and then having that abuse broadcast live on the Internet, I was appalled. A global pedophile ring was discovered in Australia, which led police to Britain and then to the U.S. You can read that story here.
In elementary school, I kept a red photo album containing pictures of all my friends and classmates, and I still have that little red album today. Several years ago, while browsing through that album I found several pictures I had placed in the back pages. These were photographs of me that were made by my father. In those days, rolls of film were sent away to be developed and then mailed back to the home. I remember viewing those pictures and then removing them from the collection of other photographs. I did not want anyone else to see those photographs because they were embarrassing to me. They were not sexually explicit, but they were emotionally abusive to me. In these photos, my father was always getting into position beneath where I was either seated or standing as he tried to photograph me as he looked up my dress. My face told the story. At eleven years of age, I knew what he was doing and constantly shifted my position to avoid being photographed in such a way.
Compounding the Devastation
I can only imagine the pain and embarrassment that many sexually abused children face today. The Internet has brought sexual abuse to a new level. With today’s technology, abusive acts can be broadcast in real time to other pedophiles who want to view that abuse. Sexual abuse that is done in secret is devastating, but that devastation is compounded many times by being made public. The humiliation would be almost unbearable.
The Worldwide Web of Perversion
In the story coming out of Australia, the Queensland Task Force, Argos, discovered a pedophile ring composed of parents who sexually abuse their own children and used the technology available today to broadcast that abuse to an international ring of other parents who were also engaged in the sexual abuse of their children. This led to the discovery of a British website that is open only to parents who sexually abuse their own children. Using Skype internet sessions, they were able to broadcast live sexual abuse of their children to members of the group. Chat logs also led U.S. Police agencies to families in Texas and in Michigan, where arrests have been made.
As perverts and pedophiles use modern technology to further misuse, abuse and humiliate their victims, law enforcement agencies are hard at work to provide even better technology to combat their efforts. I will be writing more about those efforts in an upcoming article.