Arkansas

Bill will change “child pornography” in the Arkansas state code to “child sexual abuse material.”

 

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas. The bill, which passed through an Arkansas Senate committee on Wednesday, would replace “child pornography” in the Arkansas state code with “child sexual abuse material.”

State Rep. Charlene Veit sponsored the bill from the House of Representatives and submitted it to a Senate committee. She said the term “child pornography” did not adequately describe the severity of the crimes.

“Using [child sexual abuse material] will focus on the crime committed against the child,” Veit said. “The child cannot consent.”

Veit said that the difference in terminology could affect the sentencing.

“When we judge people who do this, we want the focus to be on the child, not on the term ‘pornography,'” Veit said. “I hope this will make it easier to prosecute those who commit these heinous crimes.”

Veit said she came up with the idea in a meeting with the Nick Morgan Foundation. CEO Colleen Nick is an advocate for families with missing children and those who have been victims of crime, and in a statement she said it was the right move for Arkansas.

“CSAM or child sexual abuse material is widely used nationally to describe the truth about what happens to children.

While the term “child pornography” is still widely used by the public, it would be more accurate to call it what it is: evidence of child sexual abuse.”

Veith said she thought it would be easy.

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