14 million internet searches for “teen sex” in 2006
6 million internet searches for “teen porn” in 2006*

It seems that not even schools are a safe haven for children anymore. Even here, where the guardians of our community are supposed to look after our children, protect their innocence and develop their young minds, they are vulnerable and at risk.

This of course is not the case in the majority of schools, but it does highlight how far reaching the problem of porn, and especially child porn, has become in our society.

Author of PornLand: how porn has hijacked our sexuality, Gail Dines, wrote “since an actual child is used in the making of such imagery, there is an urgent need to track both the producers and consumers of such pornography and to infiltrate the many international child porn rings that swap thousands of child pornography pictures in the relatively safe and anonymous space created by the internet”.

The arrest of The King’s Preparatory School director of snow sports, Gregory John Coupland, over child sexual abuse images has shocked and alarmed not only parents and the local community but also society at large.

“The AFP has been at pains to make it clear that no student of The King’s School, either past or present, has been victim to any predatory behaviour by Mr Coupland,” The Kings Preparatory School headmaster Dr Hawkes said.

This latest porn bust has also led to the arrests of 10 other men so far, aged between 26 and 67. In total six are from NSW, three from Victoria and one each from South Australia and Queensland. Police have said that more arrests may follow in the future as the full extent of the investigation into the alleged online child abuse network unfolds.

“The images we have seen ranged from the very low-end range of child exploitation … right through to the highest category, where we’re talking torture, bondage, rape,” the AFP’s head of high-tech investigations, Commander Grant Edwards, said.

Gail Dines explains that “as pop culture begins to look more and more pornographic, the actual porn industry has had to become more hard core as a way to distinguish its products from those images found on MTV, in Cosmopolitan and on billboards.” 

This has led to some adults indulging into the last and greatest taboo; that of child pornography. This blatant exploitation of children is wrong in every way imaginable.

In an email the parents, Dr Hawkes made no secret of his satisfaction that the porn club to which Mr Coupland allegedly belonged had been exposed.

“I am made sensitive to this matter because I am a father, who is protective of his children, and a teacher who is proud of the profession”

“Therefore, I am ferociously pleased that the online network, to which Mr Coupland [allegedly] belonged, has been smashed.”

As for Mr Coupland, Dr Hawkes added that “his career in schools is over.”

*’PornLand: How porn has hijacked our sexuality’ by Gail Dines

Writer Helen Splarn. Editor Dr Ramesh Manocha.
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald. PornLand: how porn has hijacked our sexuality.