Monday, October 31, 2016

Read it, Loved it, Recommending it! Refining Child Pornography Law: Crime, Language, and Social Consequences (Law, Meaning, and Violence) by Carissa Byrne Hessick

Over the last 8 years of advocacy I have always made a point to read current books, studies and reports related to this platform. I believe as a volunteer advocate who claims to be for data-driven reform, I better know the data even if I might not agree with it or if it may not support my efforts. Funny thing is almost every piece I’ve read over the last 8 years backs up my efforts here in Virginia. 

I especially like books that are point and counterpoint because I need to know what the opposition is saying, what they believe and where they are getting their information from, credible or not. 

If we only listen to one-side of an argument then we are not only misinformed but we risk doing more harm than good. One-sided legislation leads to knee-jerk laws, one-size-fits all sentencing and feel-good campaign slogans. It’s time for the collateral damage from this kind of willful ignorance to end, we deserve better.