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Adolescents accessing indecent images of children

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Journal publication date2008
JournalJournal of Sexual Aggression
Journal number2
Volume14
Number of pages12
Pages111-122
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This paper considers the legal consequences of adolescents accessing indecent images of children. It challenges the current default position that such behaviour is illegal and worthy of punishment. The paper seeks to understand the circumstances in which adolescents may seek age-appropriate material and considers whether this is more blameworthy than those who engage in physical sexual contact with other adolescents. By examining the legal frameworks of indecent images and contact offending the paper concludes that there is unfair disparity within the criminal justice system.