Censorship: adults v children

 

A chara, – It is difficult to understand the claim made by John Devlin (Letters, March 17th) that online pornography is “the biggest facilitator of child sex abuse”.

While it is indeed obvious that no child should be allowed to view pornography, it is the responsibility of parents to prevent this from happening, rather than governments, as Mr Devlin claims.

The world of “adult entertainment” is a dark one in which vulnerable people are sometimes exploited and excessive viewing can cause serious problems in sexual relationships.

However there is no evidence to suggest that it is linked with the molestation of children.

Using child sex abuse as a stick with which to beat the porn industry serves only to undermine the efforts of those involved in using evidence-based methods to fight this most heinous of crimes.

– Is mise,

Dr GARETH P KEELEY

Grenoble,

France.