I don't know how to respond to that. I'm disgusted to think that he does not think people who look at naked pictures of children for pleasure should be sent to prison. He says in that article about the difference between looking at pictures and harming children, but looking at pictures is just as harmful psychologically, and it is only a step away from physical abuse.
Perhaps Grisham's thinking there's got to be a way other than prison for some of these people. And I'm thinking, he could be correct. I believe there are people out there who've just gotten into viewing pornography and gotten further into its darker recesses - without realising the very real part they play in the exploitation of children.
Send them to prison? Ok, but I think there has to be a rehabilitation and education component as well. People need to be made aware of the psychological harms of viewing pornography and the very real implications it has for those who are 'performing' - especially children.
Last week I watched that Louis Theroux episode where he was in that special "facility" for life long inmates convicted of child abuse. I just couldn't convince myself that any of them were "cured" or even being honest. Very creepy.
Whereas I agree entirely with what you suggest, I have always had a niggling worry that it might tip them over the edge and their next point of gratification might be mutilation and murder. Certainly, I am one who feels they are not fit to walk among us.
YES!!! Bang them all up, throw away the key. If you abuse anyone you lose your privileges in society. Period. If you support the abuse of people, even without personally, physically engaging in it, it's no different.
And where do the photographs of these little children come from ? Who is taking the photograph (is it nannies or child minders and are they taken in child minding facilities by a staff member, or by their brothers or sisters or fathers or mothers) ? Are they adopted children or fostered children or children in State care………I'd like to know.
It is a disgusting crime (for the viewer) and the provider of this sort of thing has to be the lowest form of life on earth. Oxygen thieves.
Gaol isn't tough enough for these people. And, I wonder if once they are in gaol, is there a complete lack of porn material in there for them to access.
They are perverts, misfits, and should actually be done away with permanently.
Of all the crimes that come to mind, child abuse is the most revolting.
I don't see how viewing that sort of sick, twisted filth could ever NOT be viewed as a prisonable offence. Precious little children being treated that way makes me honestly want to . . . . I will only say, "do unmentionable things to the perpetrators".