RECOMMENDATION 83

Part: 
Three
Chapter: 
3

Behavioral scientists should conduct research to determine the effects of the production of child pornography and the related victimization on children.

Discussion

It is important that victim research examine the short and long-term effects of the sexual victimization of children. Dr. Roland Summit, a leading medical authority, expressed the need for additional research crucial to this Commission.[685] An understanding of the behavioral patterns of child victims is especially lacking. The child may be disbelieved upon disclosure, during investigation, or as a witness in court.[686] Parents or other child advocates may also be attacked for supporting their child's version of the offense.[687]

Behavioral scientists also should learn more of the characteristics of the child pornographer and the pedophile offender. These conclusions will be valuable to law enforcement agents, prosecutors, judges, parents, and therapists. This research will form the basis for a sound program to curb the sexual exploitation of children.[688]

Such research should include a systematic observation of the child pornographic component of an experience separate from other criminal acts in cases that include pornography and other forms of child abuse. Research should also examine the effects of adult pornography on children.

Notes

  1. Miami Hearing, Vol. I, Roland Summit, p. 209.
  2. Id., p. 199, 216A1.
  3. Id., p. 200.
  4. UCLA has recently received e federal grant to study long-term effects of exploitation on the McMartin Pre-School child victims.