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Child pornography victims getting younger and subjected to more violence

More people are reporting child pornography on the internet, according to Save the Children Denmark.


The nature of online child pornography is getting more violent (photo: Colourbox)

September 1, 2014
16:58

by Lucie Rychla


More and more people, both in Denmark and worldwide, are watching child pornography on the internet, claims Save the Children Denmark, the NGO that promotes children's rights.

According to the organisation, photos and videos of child porn are flourishing online, and the abuse is getting worse than ever. 

"It's a continuing problem that there are people who abuse children and then post their pictures or videos online," Kuno Sørensen, a psychologist from Save the Children Denmark, told DR.

More Danes watch child porn
Although the production of child pornography in Denmark is not as organised as in other countries, the police have reported at least ten cases of children in the past seven to eight years being abused, Flemming Kjærside from the National Cyber ​​Crime Center told DR. 

Save the Children Denmark, which operates a hotline for people to report websites containing child pornography, also recorded an increase in alerts. While in 2011, the organisation received 2,385 notifications, the number rose to 3,019 in 2012, and to 3,167 in 2013. The NGO estimates there was illegal content involved in about 25 percent of the alerts. 

The number of people using child pornography is also increasing. East Jutland Police averages about 10 to 15 cases a year of people who are suspected of possessing of child pornography, who may be sharing these materials with others. 

Extremely violent content
What the organisation is mostly worried about, however, is the fact that the child pornography has become much more violent. The sexual assaults are more severe and the abused children are younger than before. 

"Child pornography is becoming more and more extreme," Sørensen told DR.

"Not only is it more violent, but the age of the victims is getting lower. We see videos of very young children in nursery age who are being sexually assaulted." 

 



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