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Source: CDU CSU

Mister President! My very esteemed colleagues! The extent, the brutality, even the monstrosity of the recently discovered crimes – the sexual abuse and the locations have been mentioned here – make us all stunned. It is about the weakest in our society, our children, whose souls have been severely hurt by these acts. Many of them will remain traumatized for life.

The bad thing is that these acts did not happen anywhere; they often happened in families, during sport, in leisure time, especially where there was a relationship of trust that needs to be protected in a special way. I think that is why it is so important that society, but also we as legislators, look carefully and that we act. And that is exactly what we are doing with this draft law this morning, ladies and gentlemen.

The proposed law is truly a milestone in the fight against sexual abuse. Many demands which we as a Union have made for many years are contained in this bill. For me, the most important thing that we have enshrined in this draft law is that we finally punish the sexual abuse of children for what it is, namely as a crime, ladies and gentlemen.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)

For us as a Union it was actually never understandable that, for example, theft or bodily harm could be punished with up to five years imprisonment, but that the possession of child pornography, where the rape of small children was shown, is only punishable with a prison sentence of three years could. Here there was a real imbalance in the penalty frame structure. The injustice of sexual abuse in such child pornographic writings outweighs that of theft and bodily harm. It is therefore right that we do not allow any pardon here, but that we are tightening the penalty framework here, ladies and gentlemen.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

We are also experiencing that the demand in the Darknet for the most aggressive forms of child pornography, where it is about rape of small children and toddlers, is increasing. There are countless forums on the Darknet that are used solely for the exchange of this child pornographic material. It is the demand for these images of abuse that is often the cause and trigger for real abuse. That is why it is so important that we also say here: This possession is not a trivial offense, but – on the contrary – the trigger for real abuse. That is also why it is a crime, and as such we want to punish it, ladies and gentlemen.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

As a Union, we want to go one step further at this point. We say: The provision of this infrastructure, the operation of such platforms in the Darknet on which this exchange is carried out, is not just participation in the injustice of others. We can not only punish that as an aid, but that is an injustice in itself, which is being realized here by those who operate these file sharing sites. That is why we also need a separate criminal offense for these platforms, ladies and gentlemen.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

Now some say – this has also been said here, both by the left and by the Greens, Ms. Baerbock – that this increase in the range of punishment is actually only symbolic politics.

(Annalena Baerbock [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: What nonsense! – Britta Haßelmann [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: What is that supposed to mean, Mr. Luczak? The word was not used at all!)

Now I want to say: Of course that is also a signal. But I think the signal that we as legislators are sending out that we will not tolerate the sexual abuse of children, but that we should punish it as severely as possible, is a good and the right signal, ladies and gentlemen. We want to do that as a Union.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU – Britta Haßelmann [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: That is absolutely outrageous!)

This signal of higher penalties – this has also been said here – and upgrading to a crime are also linked to very specific legal consequences.

(Dr. Silke Launert [CDU / CSU]: Exactly!)

The point is to give our investigators better opportunities to investigate criminal proceedings.

(Britta Haßelmann [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: Nobody used the word “symbolic politics” here!)

It is of course correct to say here that increased penalties alone do not create deterrence. But what is associated with higher penalties? If something is classified as a crime, the police and prosecutors have better investigative methods.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

This increases the pressure to be persecuted. The perpetrators must know: even if they operate on the Internet, we will get them and punish them. It is therefore right that we should increase the range of punishments.

Finally, I want to say something on the subject of child expanses because my colleague Martens from the FDP said there was no evidence for this. Well that may be; there are different types of perpetrators. But I want to tell you: If you can order children’s dolls from Amazon, design them according to your own preferences by choosing the exact size, age and type of body orifices, then I find that unbearable. I find that unbearable!

(Applause from the CDU / CSU as well as from members of the LEFT – Alexander Dobrindt [CDU / CSU]: Disgusting!)

There are perpetrators who practice real abuse on these dolls, which leads to desensitization. When we have such desensitization then the next step is for a child to be abused in the real world. We want to prevent that, and that is why we will criminalize the possession and trade in these children’s dolls, ladies and gentlemen.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

There are many things that we want to improve in this bill: we want to prevent suspended sentences; we want to change custody so that the perpetrators who are caught actually have to remain in custody. We will do that in the parliamentary procedure. I ask for your support for this. It’s about the weakest in our society, about our children. Let us protect them together, ladies and gentlemen!

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)


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