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Virtual child sexual abuse material depicts fictitious children – but can be used to disguise real abuse

By Larissa Christensen, Senior Lecturer in Criminology & Justice | Co-leader of the Sexual Violence Research and Prevention Unit (SVRPU), University of the Sunshine Coast
Ashley Pearson, Lecturer in Law, University of the Sunshine Coast
Dominique Moritz, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of the Sunshine Coast
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Child sexual abuse material (previously known as child pornography) can be a confronting and uncomfortable topic.

Child sexual abuse material specifically refers to the possession, viewing, sharing, and creation of images or videos containing sexual or offensive material involving children.

But less publicised is another form of child sexual abuse material: virtual child sexual abuse material (VCSAM).


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