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John Grisham and Child Porn in America

By Dr. Lori Handrahan – BarbWire guest contributor

It has been a bizarre few days in the American news cycle regarding the subject of child porn.

John Grisham, crime-fiction writer, suddenly, came out swinging, in an interview with The Telegraph’s Peter Foster, in defense of the demand-side of the massive, and illegal, child porn industry.

Grisham claimed (and later retracted) America has “prisons now filled with guys my age. 60-year-old white men… who’ve never harmed anybody, would never touch a child…But they got online one night, started surfing around, probably had too much to drink or whatever and pushed the wrong buttons and went too far and got into child porn or whatever.”

Yeah. That is it. American prisons are just filled with old innocent, white men, wrongly jailed in our broken criminal justice system. Uh-huh. Not to mention Grisham’s “your Honour I was drunk” argument, which everyone knows is an absolute defense, under American law, when committing crime.

Sure.

What was Grisham smoking?

Sadly, Grisham is not alone in his views on who is the innocent victim in America’s estimated billion dollar illegal child porn industry.

Days before the Grisham interview, Hollywood actor Stephen Collins dominated headlines. Allegedly, Collins told his then pregnant wife he hoped their child would not be a boy because he feared he would not be able to “resist having oral sex with the child.”

Oral sex with an infant? Yes, disturbing and all too common in the world of child porn.

America’s mainstream media has consistently failed to provide the context when reporting on child porn stories. An estimated 50,000 Americans, at any given time, are on-line trading images of child sex abuse. America now produces an estimated half of the world’s child porn and hosts half of the global internet servers supporting child sexual abuse websites. As of 2012, child sex trafficking became America’s fastest growing crime, expanding by some 150% per year. The global child porn industry may be yielding $20 billion to upwards of some $50 billion a year.

This massive production of child porn depends, directly, on the constant, and brutal, sexual abuse of American children; increasingly infant and toddlers.

Just before the Collins story broke, The New York Times published an op-ed “Pedophilia: A Disorder Not a Crime” where Rutgers law professor, Margo Kaplan argued that child rapists are not criminals but rather vulnerable, disabled people who should receive “civil rights” protection under The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Disability payments for someone who has performed oral sex on an infant? Impunity for the white man who live-streams this child abuse? Hello? Is anyone paying attention? Three jaw-dropping stories, all in a row. All reported as one-off headlines. No dots connected.

Connect the dots and the developing narrative is disturbing.

First, Margo Kaplan’s New York Times article appears part of a global strategy to create laws and norms that frame pedophiles, and not our children, as the victims. Grisham’s comments seem perfectly timed to support Kaplan’s argument; the poor pedophiles, they are the innocent victims in all this — not the children.

Sounds like random conspiracy theory? Take a look at Greece. In 2012 pedophiles were provided with legal disability status. Yes. It is true. The National Confederation of Disabled People says “pedophiles are now awarded a higher government disability pay than some people who have received organ transplants.” Headlines at the time read “Furor in Greece over Pedophilia as a Disability.” Unlike Greek outrage, there has been no furor, and almost no reporting, in America as pro-pedophile media has quietly rolled out across the country.

Kaplan’s op-ed is not a one-off. Pedophile puff pieces have been popping up in state and local newspapers across the country with disturbing regularity. While the pro-pedophile articles are often featured prominently, buried deep in the metro and local sections are the arrest reports of, often prestigious, men arrested for sex abuse of, increasingly, small children.

I have been researching these arrest reports. What I have found is shocking. Infant and toddler sex abuse appears to have become epidemic in America.

Here are just a very few examples:

• Army prosecutor and judge advocate, Daniel Wollverton, father of two, was convicted for infant sodomy. He had over 30,000 images and 1,000 videos of brutal child sex abuse including of a three month old infant.

• Decorated Navy Veteran, 40 year old Michael Jachim, had 44,000 images and videos of children being raped. Prosecutors said, “This isn’t Playboy magazine. These are infants and toddlers being brutally raped” including three and four year old children “in bondage positions with their hands and feet tied” with hoods or masks covering their heads and children “screaming for their mommy as they were being sexually abused.”

• 44 year old William Gazafi, an Air Force officer at Andrews Air Force base, was caught in an incest chat room and bragging to an undercover cop that he drugged and raped young children, including the rape of bound and drugged five month old baby.

• Army West Point Military Academy Cadet Ricky Patrick Hester was caught distributing sex abuse videos of young boys. He had sent out requests on his Yahoo email account stating: “I am in to 4–10 year olds hardcore with sound.”

• Marine Sergeant, 30 year old Jarod Barry, had hundreds of videos of children under twelve years old “being raped and strangled and bondage.”

• Police Captain, 51 year old David Bourque of Granby Connecticut, was caught distributing and possessing more than 328,528 images and 4,000 videos from his work computer of “sadistic and violent acts” against infants and toddlers.

• Police Sergeant, 53 year old Jonathan N. Gamson, of Tampa, Florida had images at least one “baby” and “a little girl bound and blindfolded while being sexually assaulted.” Investigators described the abuse as “sadistic” and “horrific.” One little girl was “hung by her wrists from the ceiling.”

• Retired Maine State Police Chief, 73 year old Andrew Demers caught and charged with the rape of his own four year old granddaughter.

American laws are not failing pedophiles, as Kaplan argues. American courts are not failing to protect white men who drunkenly download child sex abuse, as John Grisham claimed.

American journalists are failing to report on the wider story that the Collins and Grisham stories represent and America’s law enforcement and judicial systems are failing to protect our children.

Should an adult who ties a small child to the ceiling and rapes her receive disability pay? Should the consumer who watches this rape on-line avoid jail?

John Grisham’s comment, the Stephen Collins scandal, and Kaplan’s New York Times article should, collectively, be America’s wake-up call.

Will anyone report on it?

Dr. Lori Handrahan’s forthcoming book Child Porn Nation: America’s Hidden National Security Risk details America’s child sex abuse epidemic. Her Ph.D. is from The London School of Economics. She can be reached on Twitter @LoriHandrahan2



 

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