Child victims of porn

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If ever proof was needed of the devastating effect porn can have on a child, last week’s tragic story of a nine-year-old rape victim’s ordeal was it.

The little Scots girl was not the only victim.

The rapist, who was acting out scenes he had seen on hard-core websites, was just 12 years old.

At an age when boys should still be innocent, their nights taken up with homework and football, he had been watching explicit images on the internet for several years.

I find that deeply disturbing. The obvious question is why on earth his parents didn’t stop him. But we have to look further than that; porn could be having a damaging effect on a whole generation of kids potentially getting their sex education from such perverse, and so readily available, source.

What unrealistic expectations will they have of prospective sexual partners - and of themselves?