This is a royal pain in the ass. I'm working on a story involving child pornography, the goal being to try and inspire some new techniques/technology to deal with this issue. Ain't going well. The problems so far: 1. I set the story to start in 1965 - present, and I keep finding myself solving yesterday's crime with today's technology. Lots of rewriting. 2. A few of the people who are bringing their kids to the pornographer, they're doing it because the choice is basically to either die from starvation or let someone molest their kids. They are turning out much more sympathetic than I want them to be. Sigh. This can be dealt with by having them any like reality parents, pushing their kids. 3. The pornographer, I have him going to jail, suffering, and then getting drafted by the good guys to help catch other pornographers. He's the ultimate bad guy at the start but then the story reveals he's been through this himself and he's doing this job because it's what he knows so he's evil because of circumstances, not because he woke up one and decided to be evil. Now, here's the problem. The beginning of the story, the photos are what I would call basic. I describe them as becoming more explicit but not graphically explicit. I am working with two victims/survivors of child abuse who did have child sexual abuse images of them taken and one of them has been saying that my descriptions are too basic, that child pornography is much, much more explicit than what I am describing especially as the industry matured. We are discussing a specific scene in the book where an older child is forced to victimize a younger child. I keep dancing around the sexual aspect and trying to focus on the emotional impact on the two children, the terror of the younger child, the resignation/fear/disgust/whatever of the older child.....and the feedback I'm getting is that it needs more physicality to the description. Maybe I suck at writing emotionally charged scenes?? Possible. I DO NOT want a graphic physical description of the sexual abuse that is taking place. What else can be done? Physical descriptions of violence between children - "Billy punched me in the nose!" Or "Sherry pulled down my pants and paddled/spanked my bottom!" Are ok, I think as long as they are not done to excess - "Sherry pulled down my pants and used a belt to whip me!" But sexual violence between children at the direction of adults? I don't want to do this....but it is what people have experienced, it is what is done in some videos/photos...... The closest I could see getting to sexual violence *MIGHT* be an adult who survived this life, works as a prostitute and is killed by a crazy john during a bad date. Any advice, suggestions? How do I honour what my consultants have experienced, drive home the horror to my readers and not be too explicit? The scene basically has the pornographer telling "John, do IT to Nathan." And then the pornographer focuses on Nathan's terrified facial expression. That's it for the scene. Later, the scene is referred to by law enforcement - "We caught him watching this video of one kid hurting another kid." **For those who weigh in, please be aware that this particular website does not allow graphic descriptions of sexual activity between children and adults. It's not what I want anyways so please, none of this. Thanks!