Out of every 20 men that get convicted for possession of child pornography only one will ever rape a child, sexologist Erik van Beek told newspaper Trouw two weeks ago.
A colleague, Rik van Lunsen of the AMC hospital, says that there is a group of paedophiles that they call the ‘healthy’ group. These men report themselves to the AMC and are clearly struggling with their conscience. They are afraid they will end up doing things to children that they don’t really want to do. Van Lunsen believes that the first step for these men is to stop the struggle against their feelings: “It’s like telling somebody that they should not think of a purple crocodile. Such a person will end up only thinking of purple crocodiles.”
Van Lunsen added that paedophiles cannot be cured: “Sexual preferences are set in stone once you turn eight.”
Both sexologists plead for allowing the production and possession of realistic, virtual child pornography. Apart from providing the ‘healthy group’ of paedophiles with a safety valve, they hope this will disrupt the market for real child pornography.
Realistic virtual child pornography was outlawed in the Netherlands in 2002. The Dutch tend to differentiate between paedophiles (adults sexually attracted to children) and child rapists (‘pedoseksuelen’). Lolicon, manga that depicts sex with children, may not be illegal in the Netherlands.
Photo by Jason Rogers, some rights reserved.
Tags: child pornography, pedophile, virtual reality
Last November the Zutphen court told a man to relocate to a Protestant Internet access provider (verdict, Dutch) as part of his punishment. The man had acquired a collection of more than 50,000 images and videos containing child pornography.
The public prosecutor had asked to give the man a suspended prison sentence of twelve months, to force the man to switch to Dutch Reformed provider Kliksafe, which provides censored Internet access, 240 hours of community service, and a treatment for ‘cannabis addiction’, whatever that is supposed to mean. The defense went largely along with this.
The court saw as a mitigating circumstance that the man had reported himself, and that it then took the Public Prosecution Service two years to act.
The non-profit foundation that owns Kliksafe writes about itself:
The basis of the foundation is God’s word, as is recorded in the Belgic Confession in Articles 2 through 7. It affirms completely and unconditionally the Three Forms of Unity as they were determined in the National Synod, held in Dordrecht in the years 1618 and 1619. It therefore declares the absolute power of God’s Word over all of life’s areas, including the use of media.
The filter criteria of Kliksafe are amongst others:
- Sites that proselytize for non-Christian faiths
- Sites that contain depictions of God
- Sites that promote the desecration of Sabbath
- Sites that promote unbiblical forms of cohabitation.
None of the parties in the court case seem to have seen anything untoward in sentencing a sex offender to start using the services of a provider allied to a religious denomination, even though the Abrahamic religions have a really dismal track record when it comes to healthy sexuality. The three judges seem to have seriously dropped the ball there.
Tags: child pornography, crime, judges, Protestant Reformation
Top Dutch gymnast Verona van de Leur, now retired, is a well-decorated athlete who has earned her placed in Dutch gymnastics history.
Unfortunately, she has made the news several times this year for much less glamourous deeds. First, she was accused and found guilty of blackmail. Last year she snapped pics of a couple that was having an affair and then asked them for 2,000 euro to keep quiet. To make things worse, the cops found child pornography on her computer, but for whatever reason, that went away. Her past is full of family stories that include embezzling and threats as well.
Van de Leur started a company that deals with sex pictures and is about to embark into the world of porn as a webcam girl. Her argument for anyone who wants to point fingers at her, at least for the porn part, is that ex-athletes are looked down upon when they go south while it’s OK for actresses to pose nude in magazines.
As if people didn’t already picture gymnasts naked when watching television…
(Link: welingelichtekringen.nl, Photo of Gymnastics hall by battlecreekcvb, some rights reserved)
Tags: child pornography, porno
Last Thursday a cartoon depicting an altar boy raped with a crucifix was stolen from the Limburgs Museum in Venlo, Limburg.
According to Nieuwsblad, the thief took the drawing and just walked out.
The cartoon was made by Peter van Straaten for Vrij Nederland magazine, and netted the artist the Inkspotprijs 2010 award for best political cartoon of that year. It was part of an exhibition on cartoons, and was to be shown in Utrecht in October.
Meanwhile Toby Sterling reports that a priest of the Roman Catholic Salesian order was discovered to have been a board member of the Martijn Foundation, which tries to promote child abuse . The priest’s membership was known to his superiors, who did not think it a big deal. Predictably the Catholic Church claimed “the church utterly rejects pedophilia”. “Dutch Catholic Church spokesman Pieter Kohnen said Saturday that […] if Superior Claes did not act quickly to reform the Dutch Salesian order’s leadership, the matter would be referred to Rome.”
 I’d link to the Association’s website, but it portrays children in a sexualized context, which might get readers in trouble.
(Illustration: Vrij Nederland / Peter van Straaten)
Tags: Catholicism, child pornography, Martijn, politics, Venlo
Patent lawyer Arnout Engelfriet says (Dutch) that searches of mobile phones and laptops at the airports by the marechaussee, a form of military police, may be illegal. He refers to the fact that the powers of the marechaussee are the same as those of the regular police, and regular police may only perform searches when they have good reason to suspect a specific wrongdoing. The marechaussee’s actions are part of a test started last year in the hope to lessen the smuggling of child pornography.
According to tech news site Tweakers.net (Dutch), the justice department wanted to keep the test a secret because of expected “legal complications.” Journalist Brenno de Winter discovered that although 900 mobile phones, 62 hard disks and sundry other digital devices were searched, none of the victims were prosecuted on the basis of these searches.
The marechaussee was installed in 1814 by later king Willem I as a successor to Napoleon’s reviled gendarmerie. Its tasks have included policing of citizens from the word go. When the civil police reorganized in 1988, guard and police duties at national airport Schiphol got assigned to the marechaussee. The organization took over guard duties for the royal familie in 1908, a job hitherto performed by the palace’s gardening staff.
(Photo: colargol87, some rights reserved.)
Tags: armed robbery, border patrol, child pornography, customs, democracy, due process, GSM, illegal searches, laptops, marechaussee, military police, mobile phones, police, politics, Schiphol, transparent government
According to Dutch columnist and publicist Karin Spaink, the KLPD (National Police Services Agency) have a list of Dutch child pornography sites in their possession and are not really doing anything to shut these sites down. Instead, they point to Dutch ISPs saying that they should filter these sites. That still doesn’t sound like shutting the sites down.
Although the list was secret, Spaink managed to find out that four Dutch websites were on the list, with hosters in Utrecht and Haarlem. After looking at the sites, the KLPD agreed that at least two of the sites clearly hosted child pornography, while the other two are still being investigated. According to spokesman Ed Kraszewski of the KLPD, their list only had foreign sites – before Spaink got a hold of their list.
Here is a list, readily available online, taken from the Finnish police. You just need to scan to see all those Dutch sites.
England, the US and the Netherlands. What was the argument for filtering these sites again? “The sites can’t be shut down by the police because they are often in countries with no legislation for this kind of thing.” (Taken from Webwereld, 23 maart 2007). Since when is Haarlem and Utrecht somewhere in Russia or Eastern Europe?
Just filtering sites is not enough. And UPC, the only Dutch ISP that actually bothers to filter child pornography sites, has a filter that doesn’t work, if we can believe the many comments left by UPC clients on Spaink’s blog who found out first hand what kiddie porno really looks like.
(Link Karin Spaink’s blog)
Tags: child pornography, Karin Spaink, police