Introduction: Refining Child Pornography Law: Crime, Language, and Social Consequences

Refining Child Pornography Law: Crime, Language, and Social Consequences (Michigan Univ. Press 2016)

UNC Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2802651

22 Pages Posted: 2 Jul 2016

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Carissa Byrne Hessick

University of North Carolina School of Law

Date Written: June 30, 2016

Abstract

This is a page proof of the Introduction to Refining Child Pornography Law: Crime, Language, and Social Consequences (Michigan Univ. Press 2016), which presents the work of experts in law, sociology, and social work who study child pornography law and its consequences. The legal definition of child pornography is, at best, unclear. In part because of this ambiguity and in part because of the nature of the crime itself, the prosecution and sentencing of perpetrators, the protection of and restitution for victims, and the means for preventing repeat offenses are deeply controversial. This edited volume clarifies the questions surrounding child pornography law and begins to formulate answers. Focusing on the roles of language and crime definition, the contributors discuss the increasing visibility child pornography plays in the national conversation about child safety, and present a range of views regarding the punishment of those who produce, distribute, and possess materials that may be considered child pornography. The Introduction includes brief summaries of subsequent chapters.

Keywords: child pornography, child sex abuse, First Amendment, criminal law, criminal sentencing

Suggested Citation

Hessick, Carissa Byrne, Introduction: Refining Child Pornography Law: Crime, Language, and Social Consequences (June 30, 2016). Refining Child Pornography Law: Crime, Language, and Social Consequences (Michigan Univ. Press 2016); UNC Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2802651. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2802651

Carissa Byrne Hessick (Contact Author)

University of North Carolina School of Law ( email )

Van Hecke-Wettach Hall, 160 Ridge Road
CB #3380
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3380
United States

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