Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Overzealous...or Diligent?!

This story is unsettling on many levels...

"...Last fall A.J. and Lisa Demaree took a memory stick with family photos to the printing center at the Wal-Mart store in Peoria, Ariz. Some of the photos showed their three young girls, all under 5 years old, partially nude in the bathtub. The Demarees say these were innocent pictures that all families take. But a Wal-Mart employee felt otherwise and contacted the police who agreed that this was a child pornography situation.
The Demaree's lawyer released this photo to show the pictures of the girls are innocent.

The police report read, "The young girl appeared to be posed in a provocative manner." A report issued by Peoria authorities described the photos as "child erotica" and "sex exploitation."

Child Protective Services searched the Demaree home and took custody of the children for a month while the state investigated. The watched family videotapes and found a few in which the children were playing unclothed. Lisa was suspended from her school job for a year, and both of their names were placed on the sex offender registry. The couple spent $75,000 on legal bills.

The Demarees were eventually cleared of any charges and their daughters returned, but they are now suing the state and Wal-Mart for what they call unfair accusations..." source)

I have hundreds of pics of my boys naked when they were babies...hundreds. In fact my father used to ask if I "had any clothes for those kids?" Not only are babies happiest when they're in the buff, but I didn't want my kids to have the weird body shame that growing up in an evangelical house afforded me...

So, in theory, some pimply faced Wal-Mart employee could wreak havoc on my life --the life where I have sacrificed countless material things to be a SAH, hands-on mom and to raise my boys... And because I have pics of them in the bathtub (doesn't everyone?) they could be taken away and I could be put on a S.O. list?

Trust me, I understand vigilance when it comes to protecting children from the dregs that wander through our society...but the difference between kiddie-porn and family pics should be pretty evident...

How sick is this society that anyone even assumes creepiness in this adorable picture of two little sisters?!

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