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A group of “propedophile” activists celebrate when Germany decriminalizes the possession of child pornography

German Parliament (Bundestag) has received the necessary votes to eliminate a section of the Penal Code that considered the possession of child sexual abuse material a criminal offence. Once the invoice, last Thursdaycomes into effect, the minimum sentences for possession of child pornography will be reduced and the offense will be downgraded to a misdemeanor.

According to the Bundestag, the bill states that “possession and acquisition must be punished with a minimum penalty of three months in prison, and distribution with a minimum penalty of six months in prison, and distribution with a minimum penalty of six months in prison. Therefore, the crimes regulated in article 184b of the Penal Code are classified as misdemeanors and not as crimes”.

Possession of child sexual abuse material was the first classified as a crime in 2021 after Federal Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) introduced a minimum sentence of one year for the offence. The measure classified the act as a crime, which remained in place for three years until this latest downgrade.

In response to the approval of the bill, the president of the association “German Children's Aid – The Permanent Children's Representation” (German Children's Aid – The permanent representative for children), Rainer Becker, noted that Germany could breach a European Union directive that criminalizes any child pornography with the law change.

A statement of opposition was launched by the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU). “The distribution, possession and acquisition of child pornography must, in principle, remain classified as a crime,” the statement says.

“Although the increase in the range of penalties in Article 184b of the Criminal Code in 2020 has led to practical problems in certain cases, a general reduction in the range of penalties is the wrong solution. A change should be limited to problematic cases and resolve them effectively. Scientific findings show that if the sanctioning framework shifts downward, the sanctions imposed in practice also tend to be lower.”

The justification for downgrading the crime to a misdemeanor included consideration of parents and teachers of children downloading the content in order to inform law enforcement. “These cases have occurred particularly frequently among parents and teachers of older or younger children who found child pornography on them and passed it on to other parents, teachers or school management to inform them of the problem,” says article 1 of the bill. .

The legislation continues: “A downgrading to a lesser offense is also urgently required in order to respond appropriately and with the necessary flexibility to the large proportion of juvenile offenders. Here too, perpetrators do not generally act out of sexual excitement from the content of child pornography, but rather from an impulse specific to the adolescent stage of development, such as naivety, curiosity, a thirst for adventure or a desire to impress . “.

However, despite recognizing these circumstances, the bill has not made certain exceptions, but completely downgrades the possession of child pornography, a fact that has not gone unnoticed by pro-pedophile activists.

The move has already been praised by a famous group of German pro-pedophile activists. Known as Krumme-13, or simply K13, the activist group has been described as a “self-help” organization for “pedosexuals.”

In a blog post written by its founder and dated May 17, K13 laments that “no politician of all factions apologized to the thousands upon thousands of victims who were victims” of the 2021 law that had turned possession of child sexual abuse material in a felony. .

A celebratory announcement shared by the famous German pro-pedophile group, Krumme-13.

In addition, K13 advises all visitors to its site that relevant defense attorneys “file stay of proceedings requests on behalf of their clients in ongoing proceedings” in order to wait out the time period until the law enter into force.

The famous group was founded by Dieter Gieseking, who has been repeatedly charged with possession of child pornography.

In 1996, Gieseking was sentenced to eighteen months, of which he served one year, on charges related to operating a mail-order child pornography service from a van. In 2003, Gieseking appeared in court again charged with possession of child sexual abuse materials obtained between July 1999 and January 2001. The pornography was found on Gieseking's computer after a search of his residence in August 2001. His devices contained a total of 216 images files of naked children, and he was sentenced to eight months in prison

Gieseking was then also accused of linking to a child pornography page on his website. This link was discovered by jugendschutz.netan organization created by the federal government to protect minors online.

In a 2014 interview with Taz onlineGieseking called for the age of consent to be lowered to 12 and said that sexual interactions between adults and young children should be “discussed separately”.

“The pedophilia taboo must finally be broken at all levels of society. If a pedophile can come out without fear of exclusion or even demonization, that is the best prevention against child abuse,” Gieseking told the network.

“For infants and toddlers and elementary students, the sexual component in this 'relationship' is problematic. This should be discussed separately. From a sexual policy perspective, an age of consent (age of consent) of 12 years is appropriate and long overdue in today's enlightened society. There are boys and girls who take the initiative in a friendly and sexual relationship with a pedosexual. Therefore, criminal law reform is needed sexual that does justice to all involved”.

Through K13, Gieseking and his supporters are lobbying to lower the age of consent and legalize child pornography. K13 also campaigns to decriminalize sex between adults and children.

“Legalizing clearly self-determined sexuality between adults and under-14s is the best protection against actual sexual violence against children,” Gieseking wrote in another petition to the government, while calling for the abolition of sections 176. [Sexual Abuse of Children] and 188 [Dissemination, Acquisition and Possession of Child Pornographic Content] of the legal code.

Gieseking has been lobbying the government to change the legislation for several years. Last fall, the Bundestag accepted a children's rights petition from Gieseking that amends Article 6 of the Basic Law to add statements on children's rights and states that “children must be regarded as legal subjects with their own rights”.

Among the rights listed in the text of the petition is the statement that children have “the right to express their opinion in all matters affecting their emotional, mental and physical well-being” and “the right to the free development of the his personality”.

“Sexual self-determination” is included in Article 2 of the Basic Law under the phrase “free development of personality,” a fact that Gieseking made sure to point out to his followers on his website.

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Genevieve Gluck

Genevieve is the co-founder of Reduxx and the outlet's Chief Investigative Journalist with a focus on pornography, sexual predators and fetish subcultures. She is the creator of the Women's Voices podcast, which features news commentary and interviews on women's rights.


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