It’s not too late to report sexual abuse, abduction, or child pornography to the police.Â It’s not too late to report anything that might rescue an abducted child who is living with an abuser, no matter how many years have gone by.Â Living with the awful feeling of knowing that something is wrong, and that you didn’t do anything about it, is far worse than finding the courage to report someone you know, respect, fear or love who may be abusing a child.
Reporting child pornography can save children’s lives in three ways.Â First of all, the images of children being sexually assaulted contain victims that need to be rescued.Â Secondly, even if the child has already been located, viewing the images and using them during masturbation is a continued violation of the child depicted in the images or videos.Â That child suffers for the rest of their life every time a perpetrator does his dirty business using the image of that child’s fear, pain, degradation, humiliation and shame.Â Finally, studies show a 1-to-1 correlation between using child sexual assault images to obtain sexual release and committing hands-on crimes on local children.Â The overwhelming majority of child sexual abuse image users, simply put, are child molesters preying on children they have access to.
In the best case scenario, you may save a child’s life or rescue a child from a life of horror as Jaycee Dugard was.Â Or you may take a killer off the street and prevent more abuse.Â In the worst case scenario, you may at least unburden yourself from a life of shame hiding a terrible secret that makes you complicit with the crime.
Someone took Madeleine McCann in Portugal in 2007, and more than one person in the world knows what happened to her.
Please take a minute for Madeleine and watch this video from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre in the UK.