Danish Report: Drawings Do Not Encourage Child Abuse

posted on 2012-07-24 23:51 EDT

The Copenhagen Post, a Danish newspaper published in English, reported on Monday that a study on the effects of drawn images and animations of children being sexually abused came to the conclusion that those who view such drawings do not necessarily go on to actually abuse children themselves. The study was ordered after a justice minister in Denmark demanded a ban on such images, and after the country's social affairs minister had also previously stated that such drawings could lead to actual child abuse.

However, the commissioned report did not support such claims, instead concluding, “We have had to acknowledge that there is no evidence that the use of fictive images of sexual assaults on children alone can lead people to conduct sexual assaults on children.” The report was carried out by Sexologisk Klinik, a clinic in Denmark that treats sexual disorders. While pornographic drawings of children are currently illegal in Sweden and Norway, they are legal in Denmark.

Thanks to Aaron B. for the news tip.

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