Why are younger and younger kids engaging in child on child harmful sexual behavior? At Protect Young Minds, we hear distressing accounts of how pornography has fueled both adult sexual abuse of children and children acting out on children. For the past three years, we have been raising awareness of this growing problem. As a society, we can no longer ignore the influence of pornography in fueling child on child sexual abuse. The stories sent to us illustrate how adults who view child pornography are led to sexually abuse children, who in turn act out on other children. Additionally, children who view pornography imitate the sex acts they see on other more vulnerable children. For kids, pornography itself can be an aggressive sexual predator! Protecting kids means preparing them to reject pornography with three essential messages as soon as they have any access to the internet.
Three Objectives or Takeaway Ideas:
We need to recognize the role of pornography in Child on Child Harmful Sexual Behavior.
The stories we hear at Protec Young Minds illustrate that viewing child porn can lead adults to abuse children, resulting in those child victims acting out on other children. For kids, porn itself can be a perpetrator that leads to COCSA
We need to work to educate and protect children at an early age with 3 essential messages.
Kristen A. Jenson is the author of the Good Pictures Bad Pictures series of read-aloud books including the best-selling Good Pictures Bad Pictures: Porn-Proofing Today’s Young Kids and Good Pictures Bad Pictures Jr.: A Simple Plan to Protect Young Minds. She is the founder of ProtectYoungMinds.org, a website dedicated to helping parents empower their kids to resist and reject pornography. Kristen is a popular guest on radio and TV broadcasts as well as podcasts and webinars. She is a leader in the Safeguard Alliance of the National Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation and has testified before the Washington State Senate Law and Justice Committee on the public health crisis of pornography. Kristen continues to be a strong voice for protecting children from all forms of sexual exploitation.
Kristen is the mother of two daughters, and a son who is waiting for her in heaven. Her latest honor is becoming a grandma! She lives with her husband and sassy chocolate Schnoodle puppy in the beautiful state of Washington. Kristen earned a B.A. in English Literature and an M.A. in Organizational Communication.