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Child abuse expert says society becoming desensitized to sex


Associated Press

May 20, 2008

MILWAUKEE - A child abuse prevention expert says what was considered outrageous years ago is now the norm.

Cordelia Anderson spoke Tuesday in Milwaukee at the national convention of Prevent Child Abuse America.

Anderson displayed images such as Calvin Klein jeans ads and pictures of JonBenet Ramsey, the child beauty queen who was murdered and then compared them to more recent ads and images.

She says the line of outrageousness is shifting as companies target children with sexier ads. For example, she says popular Halloween costumes for kids include French maid outfits.

Anderson says these ads, products, and even songs teach children how to think and act. And when children act in this new way, adults are more likely to treat them as sexual beings.


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