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Message ID: 9454
Date: 2013-10-29

Author:Tom Hanna

Subject:RE: laws against online grooming?

I appreciate seeing the Virginia law on grooming. Note that the Virginia law pertains to depictions of sexual acts being transmitted to children. It makes no mention of the specific phenomenon of online grooming, but online transmission would be covered under this law. As a working definition, Child grooming comprises actions deliberately undertaken with the aim of befriending and establishing an emotional connection with a child for the purpose of lowering the child's inhibitions and preparing the child for sexual assault or exploitation. This is the online behavior that is so concerning. Given what grooming actually is as a human behavior, the framing of such a law might be quite a challenge. I look forward to examples of state laws that directly address online grooming. -- Tom Hanna 607-275-9360 (w) 607-227-4524 (c) ________________________________ From: bounce-109811950-6831996@list.cornell.edu [bounce-109811950-6831996@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Camille Cooper [camillecooper@protect.org] Sent: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 10:52 AM To: CHILD-MALTREATMENT-RESEARCH-L Subject: Re: laws against online grooming? Lisa, We helped pass an online grooming law in Virginia in 2012. Here is the code section: http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?121+ful+CHAP0624 Camille Cooper PROTECT 828-318-6382 On Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 5:04 AM, Lisa Fontes > wrote: Dear Colleagues, Argentina and Chile are both considering laws regarding online grooming (for sexual abuse) as offenses separate from sexual abuse. For my colleagues in those countries, I would be grateful for any information about--links for, text of--similar laws in other countries including the United States. My colleagues and I would also be interested in your opinions of the efficacy of these laws. Feel free to respond off=list to me at LFontes@ rcn.com . responses in ENglish, Spanish or Portuguese are all fine. Thank you! Lisa Fontes, Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, amherst. -- Camille Cooper Director Legislative Affairs PROTECT www.protect.org 828-318-6382 http://about.me/camillecooper

I appreciate seeing the Virginia law on grooming. Note that the Virginia law pertains to depictions of sexual acts being transmitted to children. It makes no mention of the specific phenomenon of online grooming, but online transmission would be covered under this law. As a working definition, Child grooming comprises actions deliberately undertaken with the aim of befriending and establishing an emotional connection with a child for the purpose of lowering the child's inhibitions and preparing the child for sexual assault or exploitation. This is the online behavior that is so concerning. Given what grooming actually is as a human behavior, the framing of such a law might be quite a challenge. I look forward to examples of state laws that directly address online grooming. -- Tom Hanna 607-275-9360 (w) 607-227-4524 (c) ________________________________ From: bounce-109811950-6831996list.cornell.edu [bounce-109811950-6831996list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Camille Cooper [camillecooperprotect.org] Sent: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 10:52 AM To: CHILD-MALTREATMENT-RESEARCH-L Subject: Re: laws against online grooming? Lisa, We helped pass an online grooming law in Virginia in 2012. Here is the code section: http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?121+ful+CHAP0624 Camille Cooper PROTECT 828-318-6382 On Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 5:04 AM, Lisa Fontes > wrote: Dear Colleagues, Argentina and Chile are both considering laws regarding online grooming (for sexual abuse) as offenses separate from sexual abuse. For my colleagues in those countries, I would be grateful for any information about--links for, text of--similar laws in other countries including the United States. My colleagues and I would also be interested in your opinions of the efficacy of these laws. Feel free to respond off=list to me at LFontes rcn.com . responses in ENglish, Spanish or Portuguese are all fine. Thank you! Lisa Fontes, Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, amherst. -- Camille Cooper Director Legislative Affairs PROTECT www.protect.org 828-318-6382 http://about.me/camillecooper