Mother Protests Texas Law That Allows Children to See Pornography
A father in Texas allegedly forced his 8- and 9-year-old daughters to watch hardcore online pornography. That's not against the law in the Lone Star State.
The girls' mother thinks it ought to be.
She is protesting a law passed by the Texas Legislature in the 1970s that allows parents to show children "harmful material." The law was intended to protect parents using graphic material to teach their children about sex.
"I understand in the '70s everybody wanted the government to stay out of their homes," Crystal Buckner tells The Associated Press. "I don't want to stop parents from having that right to teach sex education, but there's a big difference, and there's a line you shouldn't cross when teaching."
Buckner's ex-husband is not charged with a crime, but he is accused of forcing the girls to watch adults having hardcore group sex on the Internet. Unable to get criminal charges filed against him, Buckner has mounted a public crusade to get the law changed.
Buckner tells the AP that she learned about what her ex-husband did after one of her daughters talked about it with a counselor in June. Her ex-husband still has visitation rights with the girls once a month. However, given the allegations, officials at the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services have exercised their authority to require the visits be supervised.
State Sen. Bob Deuell, R-Greenville, vows to take Buckner's crusade to the Legislature. He tells the AP that he hopes to see the law changed in the 2011 Legislature.
Meanwhile, Randall County District Attorney James Farren has asked Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to review the law to judge the exact size of the loophole it gives parents who may have more sinister agendas than education.
Farren doesn't see much hope outside the Legislature. The law is the law, he tells the AP. For now, it provides cover for the wrong people.
"I don't think that's what the legislators intended, but it's the result," he tells the news service. "If our interpretation is wrong, that'd be great. It's fine. We'd love to go ahead and prosecute."
What do you think? Does the law open the door for children to be exposed to pornography? Or is this an isolated incident that threatens people's privacy and how they teach their children about sex?
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