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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Children Traumatized in Sex Rings

Children Traumatized in Sex Rings

In April 1992, Kenneth Lanning (then Supervisory Special Agent, Behavioral Science Unit, Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy) remarked in Child Sex Rings: A Behavioral Analysis For Criminal Justice:
open-quoteSome professionals [dealing with child sexual abuse], however, in their zeal to make American society more aware of this victimization, tend to exaggerate the problem. Presentations and literature with poorly documented or misleading claims about one in three children being sexually molested, the $5 billion child pornography industry, child slavery rings, and 50,000 stranger-abducted children are not uncommon. The problem is bad enough; it is not necessary to exaggerate it. Professionals should cite reputable and scientific studies and note the sources of information. If they do not, when the exaggerations and distortions are discovered, their credibility and the credibility of the issue are lost.close-quote
Source: Child Sex Rings: A Behavioral Analysis For Criminal Justice, Kenneth Lanning, Behavioral Science Unit, Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy, April 1992[4]
Unfortunately, little if anything has changed in that regard since 1992. Also unfortunately, since then the Internet has become awash with false, exaggerated and misleading 'statistics' about child exploitation/abuse, some of which falsely purport to originate from a credible source - a tempting resource for people seeking a number to prop up an article, media release, proposal or argument.
above credit for writing this, "Statistics Laundering: false and fantastic figures". Truthfully a brave soul [

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