Child Pornography

Any form of image that involves a child or a young person in some sexually explicit manner may be considered pornography. More specifically, child pornography is the depiction of children, often as young as toddlers, engaged in “sexually explicit conduct.” This entry presents child pornography definitions and laws, discusses how it relates to the sexualization and the victimization of children, and examines virtual child pornography and children’s self-exploitation.


The definition of sexually explicit conduct includes children engaged in actual or simulated sexual intercourse, including genital–genital, oral–genital, anal–genital, or oral–anal, whether between persons of the same or opposite sex, bestiality, masturbation, sadistic, or masochistic abuse. It also includes lascivious exhibition of their genitals or pubic area.

The child does not have to be engaged in a sexual act ...

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