People involved in child pornography in California could be exposed when they seek counseling.
On January 9, 2017, an appeals court upheld a 2014 amendment to the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act that requires authorities to report child pornography.
The amendment specifies that mental health professionals are also responsible for reporting patients who tell them of their involvement in child porn.
Psychologists and psychiatrists had sued, arguing that under this amendment, their patients would be less inclined to seek counseling.
Attorney Brad Dacus, founder of Pacific Justice Institute, tells OneNewsNow it’s more important “to have our penal code written in a way that does everything it can to halt the production or the exchange of child pornography.”
Dacus also responds to arguments made by mental health professionals that their patients would be victimized by the law.
“What we need to keep in mind is the child is the victim,” he says, “not the person downloading child porn."
And while that person downloading child porn may need help, he adds, "we have to do everything we can to protect the children. That's exactly what the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act does.”