On Kiddie Porn: Sexual Representation, Free Speech and the Robin Sharpe Case

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9780921586777: On Kiddie Porn: Sexual Representation, Free Speech and the Robin Sharpe Case

In January 2001, the Supreme Court of Canada handed down its ruling on the Charter challenge brought to the "kiddie porn law" by Robin Sharpe's case. Political and legal commentator Stan Persky and former senior justice department policy advisor John Dixon follow the course of Sharpe's case through the courts from his arrest in 1995 to the verdict.

While favouring sanctions for the possession of material whose production requires crimes to be committed, Persky and Dixon remain equally concerned that child pornography law not violate constitutionally guaranteed freedoms such as thought, belief and expression ? values central to democratic life.

Does the law as it now stands, with the Supreme Court's modifications, measure up? On Kiddie Porn's clearly thought?out analysis let the reader decide.

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About the Author:

Stan Persky and John Dixon teach philosophy , including philosophy of law, at Capilano College in North Vancouver, BC. Persky co-edited The Supreme Court's Decision on Abortion (New Star 1988) and wrote the introduction to Delgamuukw (1999), the Supreme Court's decision on Native land claims. Dr Dixon was seconded to the Department of Justice in 1991-92 as senior policy advisor to the Deputy Minister of Justice. He was there at the inception of the kiddie porn law project. Dixon is president of the BC Civil Liberties Association.

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We view sexual assaults on children as serious crimes for which there ought to be appropriate penalties. We think there ought to be a child pornography law that prohibits the sale, distribution, and even mere possession of any sexual representation of children and young people that requires the commission of a crime for its production. Such representations should be regarded as an extension of the crime that made possible the representation and should be prohibited.

However, we're also concerned that a child pornography law not violate constitutional protections of such fundamental freedoms as thought, belief, and expression, values central to democratic life. In our account, we provide a clear proposal for how to create such a law, one that protects children and simultaneously satisfies the requirements of the Constitution.

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