A non-carceral approach to child sexual abuse material

Originally published at: A non-carceral approach to CSAM - Prostasia Foundation

“Knowing there are videos and pictures of my abuse and of me sharing nude images as a minor is embarrassing, to say the least. I constantly feel stupid that I did it. I think it was definitely a mistake and I have added a lot to child sexual abuse material (CSAM) being spread. And I…

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Context matters in this situation just like every other. There’s a lot of varying circumstances around which someone may be in possession of CSAM the most relevant of which being the circumstances surrounding its creation.

For instance, On one extreme you have those who legitimately commission for the production of CSAM. Thereby tangibly and materially causing further acts of child sexual abuse. I must say that I every strongly lean towards a carceral approach for such individuals.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, you have teen couples that exchange nudes with one another. Or simply teens that have sexual nudes of themselves:man_facepalming: (there was a rather famous case of a teen being charged as an adult for nude photos of himself) I could not be more opposed to incarceration or really any punitive measures for that matter in these context’s.

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Not forgetting (grand)parents who have innocent bathtub photos.

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After a recent publication by the team behind ReDirection, which is filled with stigmatizing language and misinformation (they didn’t even get the definition of pedophilia correct), I can no longer recommend that people struggling with illegal content engage with the ReDirection self-help program. Considering their willingness to promote harmful stigma and misinformation, I’d consider doing so a privacy risk.

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might be worth it to edit the post and add a note at the bottom.

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oh good point, didn’t want to edit for transparency reasons but a note would get around that

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Could you link this publication? I’m interested to see exactly what they said for myself.

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I’m trying not to give it undeserved oxygen, but I’ll DM it to you

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Thank you for the DM!

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What is ReDirection and what did they publish?

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ReDirection is a self-help program for people struggling with CSAM, and the group behind it published a “research” paper on online communities of MAPs that ranges from uninformed and misleading to flat-out stigmatizing and manipulative

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“ProstaNAZI” how long did it take for you to come up with that.

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Like with colonial rebels taking on the insult name, yankee, always take your enemies’ insults as compliments. In this case, how? For me, I think that you should already know.

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Except stigmatizing people doesn’t work. We know this. We have known this for a long time. Compassion and support for those who want to stop is the best and most effective approach

Prostasia is registered as a charity in the state of California. They hold a non-profit status with all the associated tax benefits. Nothing fake about that

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[I haven’t gotten a lawyer to confirm this yet, so consider this a guess based on my lack of legal expertise]
Fun (/sarcasm) update: today I learned that UK child protection law has an exception allowing “I was investigating a crime” to be used as a legal defense for producing CSAM.

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My first thought was Dana Carvey as the Church Lady:

SNL Church Lady Well Isn’t That Special - YouTube

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This most likely applies to the authorities only.

“We deepfaked some child porn to eventually shut down a site on Tor.”

Or something.

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In practice, probably, but the wording could be applied more broadly. Either way it’s definitely not good.

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It should not apply to ANYONE.

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Indeed.

But the UK is incredibly corrupt, though…

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