California Psychotherapists Continue Fight Against 2014 Law Requiring Them To Report Child Porn Viewers

In 2017, a California state appeals court threw out a lawsuit filed by psychotherapists who fought against new reporting requirements they were expected to abide by regarding patients they may have who view child porn. In that court’s decision, they rightfully stated viewing child porn “is reprehensible, shameful and abhorred by any decent and normal standards of society.”

Dissatisfied with the decision to dismiss their suit, those psychotherapists are now hoping the California Supreme Court will simply give them an up or down vote on whether or not the law is constitutional. The new law in 2014 required psychotherapists to report to law enforcement any patient admitting they viewed child pornography using the latest technologies. Failure to do so is cause for criminal charges and license revocation for mental health professionals. They think the law goes too far, hence the lawsuit.

According to studies that they’ve read, those who view such porn online are unlikely to have any sexual contact with kids and don’t pose a danger to society, in their opinion. Scholars, like Ira Ellman at UC Berkeley, also point out that studies show half of people who violated children did not show signs of pedophilia while many who do display the signs are most likely to never touch a child.

Ellman also states, “I am not suggesting there is nothing wrong with looking at pictures of kids. Obviously, the creation of such a picture requires horrible abuse of a child. Everybody agrees that is a horrible thing.”

Attorney Mark S. Hardiman, who represents the psychotherapists, argues that the law opens the door for any future laws that may force mental health professionals to report any other behavior considered “socially repugnant.” Therefore, in his estimation, the law sets a bad precedent that needs to be resisted even if an unpopular notion is defended.

What we’re witnessing with this case is a very subtle means of implementing the acceptance of targeting kids for sex. It is an incremental move by liberals who outwardly claim they’re against the “horrible abuse of a child” while they secretly wish to overturn society’s opposition to having sexual encounters with minors. Mental health professionals are mostly Freudian liberals who tend to embrace hypocrisy in order to make more money at the expense of society. These are the mental health professionals who scream that we must stick to science while they claim people can be “transgender” or gender-neutral or some similar nonsense–a biological impossibility they now claim isn’t linked to science so they can get around how illogical their arguments are.

Their arguments against this law fall flat when one considers that the simple act of viewing child porn, regardless of the medium, creates a demand for more of it. Creators and distributors of such smut get off on being able to share their sick accomplishments when they see that their websites are getting a lot of hits or downloads. This serves to encourage them to go out and hunt down more kids to make and distribute more repulsive images of minors being victimized. For those reasons alone in addition to the #MeToo movement, I would guess that California’s Supreme Court will want no part of anything that even remotely appears as if they’re condoning child pornography. These psychotherapists, in my opinion, just need to suck it up and abide by this law. People who create a demand for child porn by viewing it for pleasure aren’t worth any pity or the expense of a dead-end lawsuit that inadvertently defends their actions.

Source: Maura Dolan, Should psychotherapists be required to report patients who look at child porn?, Los Angeles Times, December 8, 2019.

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