Bill aimed at combating child sex abuse material signed into law

Wednesday, 15 May 2024 07:08

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OKLAHOMA CITY – HB 3936 was recently signed into law which updates the law with clear and concise language that will help prosecute crimes related to child sexual abuse.

The term “child sexual abuse material” more accurately captures the nature of the material and the sexual exploitation of minors and better encompasses multiple media formats such as images, videos, and other digital content.

“With this new law, we are moving away from the ‘you know it when you see it’ mindset and embedding clear and concise language into law that helps prosecute child predators,” Provenzano said. “The words ‘child pornography’ imply a child is able to consent. We know that a child cannot consent, and this law puts the emphasis on the crime committed against the child, not the child themselves.”

Rep. Provenzano worked with Senator Darrell Weaver, R-Moore, on the bill. 

“This bill marks a significant shift in our legal terminology, one that reflects the gravity and true nature of the crimes we're combatting,” Weaver said. “During my time as director of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, we continually worked to take action against those who commit sexual crimes and partake in human trafficking. I am adamantly opposed to such exploitation and abuse and was proud to have a role in sending this bill to the governor’s desk.” 

The updated terminology aligns with the evolving legal frameworks in the United States and better defines material by using a more specific term aligning with federal code.

The bill was originally suggested by The Demand Project, a nonprofit organization that works to eradicate human trafficking, online enticement, child sexual abuse material, and the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Child sexual abuse material has significant impact on child trafficking demand.

“In changing 'Child Pornography' to 'Child Sexual Abuse Material,' we're not just updating words; we're reaffirming our commitment to protect the innocence of our children,” said The Demand Project CEO and Co-Founder Kristin Weis. “This bill marks a pivotal moment in our legal landscape, ensuring that the focus remains on the crime committed against the child, which will undoubtedly result in more serious action taken against perpetrators when viewed in this light."


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