January 22, 2003
Irish children 'used to make porn films'

by Grainne Cunningham in The Irish Independent

IRISH children are being used to make pornographic material in this country, a leading child abuse charity said yesterday.

CARI (Children at Risk in Ireland), which counsels child sexual abuse victims, said a significant number of their child clients have told therapists of being filmed and viewed on computers.

National Director Mary Flaherty said the use of Irish children in pornographic film for the Internet emerged as a cause of concern over two years ago and was first highlighted in CARI's annual report 2000.

A number of children made references to computers and the Internet in discussing images and photographs, Ms Flaherty said.

Paedophiles often show child pornography to children they abuse as part of a "grooming process" and to disarm them, she said.

Ms Flaherty highlighted studies which show that up to 36pc of individuals caught downloading child pornography admitted or were found guilty of personally abusing at least one child.

Ms Flaherty said any attempt to separate the downloading of pornographic material from the actual abuse was not valid as downloading funded the original crime.

Some of these children are tortured or murdered "we are into very, very nasty territory", she said, adding that abused children and their families experienced continued trauma knowing the images were in circulation.

Posted by Colm at January 22, 2003 10:37 AM

The fact that evidence exists - which can go on being used for years and years and years is actually a very difficult part of it all, for me its the straw that breaks the camels back .....it is a very serious barrier to healing, although, I still think all people can heal..........

Posted by: Eleanor on January 24, 2003 10:51 PM

If the information has been available for two years, why has/was nothing done about this?

Posted by: Hanora Brennan on February 1, 2003 02:06 PM
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