Manitoba is the first province to enact legislation that makes it mandatory to report child pornography, Family Services and Housing Minister Gord Mackintosh announced today.
“Child pornography is child abuse,” said Mackintosh. “In any of its forms, it is an affront to humanity. Any delay in reporting child pornography gives a green light to those who take pleasure from the rape of children.”
Now that we all know that teens sometimes create child porn of themselves, how can this new mandatory reporting law be productive? Is a 17 1/2-year-old teen taking an explicit picture of herself–one of the many “forms” of child porn–really “an affront to humanity”? Does that 17 1/2-year-old “take pleasure in the rape of children”? If 20% of teens are sexting, as that oft-reported survey claims, this is going to clog up the legal system with reports from school officials who, rightly terrified of prosecution, won’t be able to choose to deal with such incidents in-house.
Toronto Sun adds:
Prosecuting teens in these cases is a mistake and will not stop them or others from sexting. The new Manitoba law is clear that any teen that receives a sexting message is required to report it as child pornography or go to jail.