Some argue that targeting, investigating, and prosecuting collectors of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) is an important mission as these individuals desire sexual contact with children. By viewing sexual images of children they are reinforcing their beliefs and breaking down the barriers to contact abuse. This case study will argue that there is an even more important reason why we should be concerned about those who seek out, view, and collect CSAM. Using a video of a clinical interview of a CSAM collector, the presenter will explore whether such offenders pose a risk of direct harm to children.
Recognize that labeling CSAM viewers as low-risk is not helpful.
Understand the typical behavioral patterns of CSAM viewers.
Recognize the typical distorted thinking displayed by CSAM viewers.