FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 1, 2005
Contact: Kristi Dusenbery
Sioux City, IA - Iowa gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats stated today that reactionary leadership is offering "too little, too late” when it comes to protecting our children from sexual predators.
"Law enforcers do need better ways to track the movements of convicted sex offenders,” Vander Plaats said, "but my opponent’s plan does nothing to keep a person from committing their first assault. It does nothing to keep the sickest of individuals from violating one more law that they don’t care about. His plan merely reacts to a problem that should have been prevented in the first place.”
The National Coalition for the Protection of Children and Families published research that says 86% of rapists studied admitted to regular use of pornography, with 57% admittedly imitating pornographic scenes in the commission of sex crimes.
Dr. Judith Reisman, of California Protective Parents Association, states that "Pornography triggers myriad kinds of internal, natural drugs that mimic the "high” from a street drug. Thanks to the latest advances in neuroscience, we now know that pornographic visual images imprint and alter the brain, triggering an instant, involuntary, but lasting, biochemical memory trail.”
The man responsible for the kidnapping and murder of Danielle van Dam was found with "thousands of computer files filled with child pornography, including a cartoon video of the rape of a young girl.” More recently, a two year old girl narrowly escaped an assault at a Des Moines Public Library when she was snatched by a patron who had just finished viewing pornography on the library’s computer.
Internet porn is booming. Annual revenues from the internet porn industry ($12 billion in the U.S. alone) exceed that of all professional football, baseball, and basketball franchises combined. Revenues also exceed that of ABC, CBS, and NBC combined. Child pornography alone is $3 billion annually.
"As the father of four children, I am alarmed by these statistics,” Vander Plaats stated. "Of course, we must insist on the toughest penalties for sex-offenders. But we must also confront the research and be proactive in protecting our children from sexual predators and the grip of pornography addiction.”
As governor, Vander Plaats said that he will ask for legislation requiring those businesses that profit from the sale of porn to pay for education and treatment measures designed to stop sexual abuse before it occurs. The fund, generated by increased fees, will also assist in stepping-up enforcement plans such as better tracking of the sex-offender registry.
"Many legal activities have damaging consequences,” said Vander Plaats." The tobacco and gambling industries are required to pay for their relative fallout. Therefore, why is the porn industry allowed to reap huge profits without paying for the moral fallout?”
"My plan will reduce the number of outlets for this kind of material, help law enforcers get to the root of the problem before a child’s life is ruined, and engage parents and community organizations in protecting children from sexual predators and the grip of pornography addiction.”