Healing From Complex Trauma & PTSD/CPTSD

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The dark side of child sexual abuse/exploitation, within the photography world ~ Lilly Hope Lucario


I am in the processing of learning as much as I can about photography, with the hope of becoming a photographer in the future.

I am someone who researches and reads up on anything important to me.

So far, most of what I have come across has been good, healthy, positive stuff. But, sadly the dark side of life, infiltrates every area of life.


I have come across ‘photographers’ defending naked photos of children being posted on social media, or websites. And their aggressive defending of this, and the name calling and nastiness that results if you have different opinion, are red flags for me. Any over-reaction tends to flag as suspicious to me.

A photographer has been recently arrested where I live, for raping children, using photographs for child pornography and exploitation. 79 offences he has been charged with. He currently is remanded in prison until his court hearing. What a heinous, sick piece of shit he is. I would like to see him locked up for the rest of his life. But, he’ll probably get some pathetic short sentence. And this is probably not an isolated incident.

It is obvious to me – that the photography industry/crowd – attracts these heinous people. Especially for the paedophile underground internet industry, where millions of naked and sexualised photos of children, are shared.

Whilst giving my rational opinion on how we should not be posting naked photos of children online, the aggressiveness of some men, was truly concerning. One of these men also linked a female photographer, who is famous in the photography scene – for taking photos of children (including her own) where they are completely naked. With everything on display for all to see. It made me feel sick. Truly a paedophiles delight. Her work is so wrong, on so many levels. And these ‘photographers’ were defending this woman’s work.

(And I’m not linking her work, because I do not want anyone looking at it. I’m not drawing any attention to it).

For a start – no child’s naked body needs to be posted anywhere. Children should have rights to not allow anyone to post naked photos on line. Children are not property – to exploit for your business, or for vile reasons.

I don’t want photos of me naked online, so children should also have the same rights.

I don’t care if photographers wants to call it ‘art’. It may be art to some people, but it is exposing children’s bodies to everyone – including sick, heinous people. And that is never okay.

What I find even more troubling, is how any parent can want to expose their children’s bodies to the general public. It is very much a red flag. It is exploiting your own child. For money.

Or, maybe there is something even more dark within the motivations and mind of this mother? There are many more female child sex abusers, than people realise.

Or, maybe she is just completely unaware of healthy boundaries and healthy ways to treat her children? Maybe she is so wrapped up in her ‘art’ – she has lost touch with any decency?

Maybe, she is desperate to be famous, so is using controversial photography, to gain popularity and fame/wealth?

Quite frankly – I don’t care. The very thought of some paedophile jacking off to a photo of my naked child, or any child – is repulsive and as a mother who genuinely cares about my children, and protects my children from anything heinous, posting naked photos is an absolute no.

So sadly, I have come across this very dark side of photography and I find it deplorable.

But, that’s how it is with child sexual abuse and child exploitation………. it’s everywhere.

And photography sadly, is an industry/scene – that no doubt attracts many heinous, child exploiting people.

~ Lilly Hope Lucario

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Author: Healing From Complex Trauma & PTSD/CPTSD

I am a survivor of complex and multiple trauma and abuse, who at the age of 40, began my healing journey. I am using my journey to recovery and healing, to help others, to help survivors feel less alone, validated, encouraged and to enable others to understand themselves more. Complex trauma, particularly from severe, prolonged childhood abuse, is profoundly life changing. Complex trauma produces complex adults. The journey to recovery is a painful, often lonely, emotional daily challenge and it is my aim to encourage others in their daily battle. ~ Lilly Hope Lucario

2 thoughts on “The dark side of child sexual abuse/exploitation, within the photography world ~ Lilly Hope Lucario

  1. Thank you for putting a spotlight on this.

    I have always felt uncomfortable with the very popular photos by that show naked children and call it art.

    These photographers should be investigated.

  2. Children have been considered property since time began. Even now in 2017 and no matter where on this planet we reside, children remain as property and not always cherished offspring. The mentality of children as possessions may never change, but more stringent laws protecting children would force or at least help to foster a change with this attitude.
    I can remember as a child for example, parents taking pictures of children in the bathtub and keeping it in the family for posterity. Now with social media being what it is, these photos are easily distributed outside the family.
    Just like the explicit photos of “famous people” which are released to the public, it is a violation of anyone’s privacy including the privacy of children.