In Search For An Imaginary Safe Place

In today’s world of ever-growing vigilance on child abuse and child pornography, there is hardly a day that goes by without a headline in the news about children suffering at the hands of their parents or other trusted adults.  On Monday, February 28, 2011, a Michigan man pled guilty to six charges related to the sexual exploitation of children, and faces 15 years to life in prison when he is sentenced in June.   Yet, no matter how accustomed one has become to reading such horrific stories, this is one of those news stories that leaves you absolutely speechless, and not necessarily just about what this man has done himself, but who his accomplices were…… <Read More>


Child Pornography or Very Poor Decision-Making?

BY MEREDITH KELLY

Evan Emory, 21,  was arrested in Michigan on charges of manufacturing and distributing child pornography for which he can spend up to 20 years in prison and 25 years on the sex offender registry. What was his crime? Mr. Emory showed a video at a local nightclub, in which he was shown performing a sexually explicit song to a group of six year olds.

Prior to the nightclub incident, Emory performed and recorded kid-friendly songs, such as “Lunchlady Land,” for first grade students at a Muskegon, Michigan elementary school. After the students had left, Emory recorded the sexually explicit lyrics and edited the video to create the version which was played at the bar and posted on YouTube (it has sense been removed).

How did this escalate to child p

When parents caught wind of the video and what had happened, they went crazy even though they knew their children had not actually been exposed to the graphic lyrics. The Supreme Court has ruled that child pornography is not subject to the same First Amendment rights as adult pornography. In this case, however, no child was actually abused, leaving many unanswered questions regarding where to draw the line.

According to the article, the prosecutor in the case, Mr. Tague “says he wants to resolve the case in a way ‘that will send a message that this is wrong but will not ruin the young man’s life.'”

I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens.

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