Australian politician reveals husband's child porn addiction in harrowing speech to Parliament

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An Australian politician has told how she discovered her estranged husband’s extensive collection of child pornography.

Rachel Carling-Jenkins, a member of Victoria’s state parliament, said the discovery of the “deeply distressing” images had turned her life upside down.

Her husband was jailed after Dr Carling-Jenkins and her son reported him to the police.

The conservative politician told a meeting of the Victoria upper house on Thursday that she did not reveal the matter to prevent interfering with court proceedings.

She said the faces of many of the children “are etched into my memory for eternity”, adding that they would not have been abused if “people like my ex-husband did not provide a market.”

“In this discovery, I personally viewed deeply distressing images which have caused me immediate and ongoing anguish,” Dr Carling-Jenkins said.

“My marriage ended instantly and I left home the day I made that discovery and I have not returned to the family home since, except to pick up belongings.”

Dr Carling-Jenkins said her husband had since refused to sign divorce papers, denied her a property settlement and access to assets.

She had never had any suspicions that her husband had a child pornography addiction.

The politician added: “The faces of many are etched into my memory for eternity and I pray that the police were able to identify and rescue as many of the poor, helpless, vulnerable victims as possible.”

“These little girls would not be abused if people like my ex-husband did not provide a market.”

Fellow MPs hugged her in the chamber following the delivery of her harrowing speech.


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