A lot of weebs, anime nerds, lolicons, shotacons, and artists were up in arms about the United Nations’ draft proposal that would request State parties to opt into a new initiative to stop child exploitation. While it sounds like a really good proposal that would help bring criminals exploiting minors to justice, the problem is that the draft proposal swept up a lot of other content under the draft, including drawings, cartoons, and fictional material. Yes, that means loli, anime, hentai, etc., etc. Well, the Prostasia Foundation, a child protection organization located in San Francisco, California, issued a rebuttal that they’re sending to the U.N., in order to get them to see the light.
They issued their response via the official website and via a post on Twitter on March 16th, 2019.
NEW: we’ve just released our full submission to the UN Committee that wants to ban and criminalize art and fiction depicting minors and sex, in which we completely DEMOLISH their arguments for censorship. https://t.co/PaDkavyfcS pic.twitter.com/VLTmRWy3or
— Prostasia Foundation (@ProstasiaInc) March 16, 2019
The rebuttal is being submitted through the contact address made available on the OHCHR website.
Prostasia offers a five page rebuttal that breaks down and dissects each of the points made by the U.N., in their original draft, while offering citations to back up their claims. One of the more relevant paragraphs is on page 3, where they address the U.N’s claim that viewing fictional material may lead to real-life minors being harmed, writing…
“What science tells us however is that what may seem intuitively plausible can nevertheless turn
out to be completely wrong. We agree that there is insufficient research on this question, and we
plan to raise funds for more such research. But what research we do have shows exactly the
opposite of what ECPAT claims: that access to representations of non-existing children is not
associated with greater social acceptability of sexual interaction with children, and that it may
actually decrease rates of actual sexual offending against children. This may be because virtual representations such as cartoons and dolls can provide a safe, victimless outlet for some people
who are sexually interested in children, but who abhor the idea of harming a real child.”
They cite studies from various researchers who have delved into the topic matter, but oddly they didn’t include the research from Danish psychologists who conducted two studies, one back in 2010 and another in 2017, both of which indicated that viewing pornographic imagery of lolis, animes, hentai, cartoons, or drawings did not increase susceptibility for engaging in sexual physical contact with a minor.
In fact, it appears that maybe if U.N., officials took up a hobby of collecting loli or shota doujin they might not be as inclined to molest real-life children and teenagers, like what happened recently when a U.N., official sexually molested a 17-year-old boy visiting from Italy on March 8th, 2019.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg, though.
According to a recent annual report, the United Nations staff have been involved in 94 allegations of sexual misconduct, and personnel from local organizations that work with the United Nations worldwide have allegedly been involved in 109 cases of sexual misconduct in 2018 alone.
That’s up from just 25 reported cases in 2017.
11 of those allegations involved child rape.
As detailed in a report by Yahoo! News, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres claimed that they would be stamping out “sexual abuse at the United Nations” in order to salvage the tarnished reputation of the peacekeepers, staff, and officials.
However, they might want to start by revising the OPSC draft proposal to exclude fictional drawings and cartoons. I tend to doubt that trying to convince State parties to ban lolis and shotas will do much to change the fact that U.N., peacekeepers have been raping children for decades.
(Thanks for the news tip Starkitsune and krazychan)