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Legal Challenges and Strategies for Combating Sexual Violence against Children.

Start/End Monday, February 03, 2014 12:10 PM EST -- 01:10 PM EST
Location Name Jerome Greene Hall Room 105

The Human Rights Institute invites you to a lunch time discussion with the Dutch National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children Ms. Corinne Dettmeijer-Vermeulen.  Sexual violence against children has been around for centuries. As a phenomenon child pornography cannot be regarded separately from other forms of sexual violence against children. It involves perpetrators and victims; it is sexual abuse on images. After a brief overview of the legal instruments to protect children against sexual violence, the focus will be on the evolution of the perspective on child pornography as a crime, internationally, in the US and in the Netherlands, and the legal framework that has been developed to fight this crime and to protect children in the broadest sense. Questions that will arise are whether this legal framework is sufficient, whether the rule of law can keep up with the swift developments in the digital world? Who are the perpetrators, what does being a victim entail? Is the Internet to blame or is it a blessing that proof for sexual abuse is now easier to find? These questions will be illustrated by elaborating on two major child pornography cases: Paroline v. United States, now before the Supreme Court and Robert M., a case that shocked the Netherlands at the end of 2010.

About Corinne Dettmeijer-Vermeulen

After finishing her law degree at Leiden University, Corinne Dettmeijer started her career as a public prosecutor in Rotterdam. Corinne Dettmeijer has for many years been a judge at the district court of The Hague, since 1995 as vice president of the court. As a judge, she handled cases in juvenile, criminal, family and migration law. She has been a member of several (international) professional bodies and advisory committees in the field of juvenile law. Corinne Dettmeijer is vice president at the district court of The Hague, member of the board of the Pro Juventute Foundation and a member of the European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control, affiliated with the United Nations (HEUNI).