I was sold for sex from a very early age by the adults in my life, I didn't want or like what they did but I was powerless to stop them, I couldn't comprehend any of the long-term lifelong problems it would cause... I just knew it was bad horrible and I wanted it to stop... The victims are viewed as ink on paper, dots on a screen, un-saveable lost souls with no rights, no voice and no choices. Pornography is a legitimate business that sells consenting adult sex. Child abuse images are crime scene photographs.
The aggressive questioning of vulnerable witnesses in court was exposed again this week with solicitor general Oliver Heald calling for change at the dispatch box. We've all heard stories of children - many of them victims of horrific sex crimes - being thrown to the wolves in court and it needs to stop.
The brave children who seek justice for the abuse they have suffered have often not only to re-live the horrors of their experiences, but also to battle the perceptions that sometimes people have of them. These perceptions may mean they are not believed or perhaps they are left thinking that they are to blame for the horrifying abuse - that they in some way brought it upon themselves.