Why do people abuse the internet

Depictions of abuse

1. What are depictions of abuse?

Abuse depictions show sexual abuse of girls and boys under the age of 14. Possession, acquisition or distribution of “child pornography”, as the law calls these materials, is a criminal offense.

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The term child pornography is imprecise and trivialized. It should also be expressed linguistically that any such representation is about a crime. There is no such thing as sexuality with children, because sexual acts on or with children are always sexual violence.

Many users of abuse pictures, films or texts, i.e. people who use this material for sexual arousal, lack the awareness of wrongdoing: They point out that no child would be harmed by their consumption. By claiming that it is better to consume these images than to abuse children, they try to justify their actions - and thus show that they have no empathy for the children and the suffering that has caused them. Because: Every representation of abuse is based on real abuse of children.

In addition, the consumption of depictions of abuse lowers the inhibition threshold for some people to sexually abuse children themselves. The consumption of materials that depict fictional events can also have this effect.

Children who are sexually abused and ingested in the process have to endure a special burden. In addition to the painful and life-threatening consequences of sexual violence, they must live with the knowledge that the abuse continues to exist figuratively. The experience of powerlessness experienced during abuse continues. In addition, the victims must forever fear that friends, family members or partners will recognize them in these pictures. These pressures make it much more difficult to deal with sexual abuse.

2. What is posing?

The term posing refers to very different images: the spectrum ranges from dressed, posing children, children in underwear or swimwear, through naked images of children sleeping or playing in the paddling pool, to so-called fetish images. These are, for example, recordings of children in diapers or tights, which some adults sexually arouse.

Further information on the legal framework can be found here

3. What are the responsibilities of parents and educational professionals?

Many parents and educational professionals are not aware of the risks of the digital distribution of images and videos. Parents must be made aware of this and learn to protect their children's personal rights and not to make certain pictures of their children publicly available - not even on social networks. It makes a difference whether parents stick photos of their children splashing naked in the ocean in their family album or post them on Facebook.

Educational institutions such as day care centers or schools must also consider whether it makes sense to make the photos of a children's trip digitally accessible to all parents or to put them on the website. Once an image is digitally anchored, its dissemination can no longer be controlled. Many parents do not know that perpetrators are now also cutting children's faces, which they find particularly appealing, from photos and then copying them into other children's depictions of abuse and disseminating them. Institutions must therefore take these and other risks in connection with digital media into account when developing their protection concept. Information can be found here.

Parents, but also educators and teachers should also be attentive to strangers and dare to speak to them if they notice that they are photographing children.

4. What should be done in a suspected case?

If the suspicion arises that a person in the circle of friends or relatives has abuse pictures, these assumptions must be taken seriously.

But: Don't spread premature rumors. Because this gives the person concerned the chance to destroy material so that nothing can be proven. If, on the other hand, the assumption is not correct, the social reputation of the person concerned can be massively damaged for no reason.
In the event of suspicion, advice centers and the helpline offer initial support.

Anyone who discovers content on the Internet that appears suspicious or clearly depicts sexual, abusive acts on children should report this immediately to the police or the responsible State Criminal Police Office or via the website of one of the reporting offices on the Internet.

The search for such material is in any case the sole responsibility of the competent authorities. By doing research on your own, the person concerned may even make himself or herself liable to prosecution.

Further information on the subject is also available under criminal law