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"Legal Instruments to protect Children against Sexual Violence", C.E. Dettmeijer-Vermeulen, Dutch National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings & Sexual Violence against Children

Start/End Tuesday, February 04, 2014 12:10 PM EST -- 01:10 PM EST
Location Name Jerome Greene Hall Room 105

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, Ms. C.E. Dettmeijer-Vermeulen,the Dutch National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings & Sexual Violence against Children will discuss 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.  

Please contact hri@law.columbia.edu with any questions.