Child Sexual Abuse and Pornography

  • Child sexual abuse is often an outgrowth of pornography.   The majority of child molesters are people the children know.  Many children going to bed at night, have a (father, brother, uncle, babysitter, or a mother’s boyfriend) who will molest them.  This behavior must stop!    
  • Child molesters imitate porn behavior.   There is an increasing tendency to act out behaviors viewed in pornography, including child pornography.  One of every 4 children in this country will be sexually victimized; and 80% of convicted molesters admit imitating behavior they viewed in child pornography.  
  • The typical child molester will abuse 380 children in a life-time.
  • Rape and molestation is never OK.   One in 3 girls and one in 7 boys will be molested by the age of 18—and the offenders will intimidate or threaten them.  
  • Sexual Predators are in our families, neighborhoods, schools, churches, communities, and now on the Internet.   Pedophiles take jobs where children are easily approached (schools, coaches, youth leaders).  Pedophiles make friends with single parents, attend children’s events, sports, camping trips, video arcades, or offer babysitting services.   (Pedophiles are adults who desire to have sex with a child.)  
  • The most common characteristic of pedophiles and child molesters is their use of hard-core and child pornography.  
  • Solicitation of minors for sex online is growing at a rate of 1,000% a month.  

  • Over 2 million children are victimized each year through prostitution and pornography, according to a United Nations estimate report.  (Source:  UNICEF, The State of the World’s Children 2005: Childhood under Threat (2004), 26)

Additional Resources
  • Elizabeth Smart speaks of the effect of her captor's addiction to pornography, compelling him to kidnap, rape and torture her.  Her captor forced her to watch pornography.

    Smart has become a notable activist for causes including underage sex trafficking in the years since her 2002 kidnapping and rescue. On Friday, she was featured in a video for Fight the New Drug, an organization that provides resources, stories and information about pornography addiction. For Smart, she witnessed the harsh effects of pornography addiction when she was kidnapped.

    “He would just sit and look at it and stare at it, and he would just talk about these women, and then when he was done, he would turn and look at me, and he would be like, ‘Now we’re going to do this,’ ” Smart said in the video of her captor.  (Source:  Elizabeth Smart Said Captor’s Pornography Addiction Made Her “‘Living Hell Worse,” by Blake Bakkila, People Crime, August 20, 2016)

    See Elizabeth Smart's full story

  • Internet Safety 101
    Making the Internet Safer for Children and Families
    Learn about pornography, Sexting, Predators, Social media dangers, Online gaming, Cyberbullying, and more.

  • Sex Offenders.  A listing of all registered sex offenders is included on the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs web site at