"Effects of Child Pornography Effects on the Children Portrayed
The vast majority of children who appear in child pornography have not been abducted or physically forced to participate. In most cases they know the producer—it may even be their father—and are manipulated into taking part by more subtle means. Nevertheless, to be the subject of child pornography can have devastating physical, social, and psychological effects on children. The children portrayed in child pornography are first victimized when their abuse is perpetrated and recorded. They are further victimized each time that record is accessed. In one study, 100 victims of child pornography were interviewed about the effects of their exploitation—at the time it occurred and in later years. Referring to when the abuse was taking place, victims described the physical pain (e.g., around the genitals), accompanying somatic symptoms (such as headaches, loss of appetite, and sleeplessness), and feelings of psychological distress (emotional isolation, anxiety, and fear). However, most also felt a pressure to cooperate with the offender and not to disclose the offense, both out of loyalty to the offender and a sense of shame about their own behavior. Only five cases were ultimately reported to authorities. In later years, the victims reported that initial feelings of shame and anxiety did not fade but intensified to feelings of deep despair, worthlessness, and hopelessness. Their experience had provided them with a distorted model of sexuality, and many had particular difficulties in establishing and maintaining healthy emotional and sexual relationships.
Child Pornography on the Internet Effects on Users The effects of pornography on users have been extensively researched but results are contentious. There are at least five possible relationships between pornography use and the sexual abuse of children:
• Pornography use is an expression of existing sexual interests. An individual who sexually abuses children seeks out child pornography as part of his/her pattern of sexual gratification. The offender’s sexual interests cause his/her pornography use rather than the other way around.
• Pornography is used to prime the individual to offend. An individual deliberately views child pornography immediately prior to offending. Pornography is used in the short term to sexually stimulate the offender in preparation for offending.
• Pornography has a corrosive effect. An individual becomes increasingly interested in child pornography, is attracted to images of increasing severity, and becomes desensitized to the harm victims experience. Use of pornography in the long term may also increase the risk that the person will sexually abuse a child.
• Pornography has a cathartic effect. Viewing child pornography is the sole outlet for an individual’s sexual attraction to children. Pornography use may substitute for, or even help the individual resist, engaging in hands-on offending.
• Pornography is a by-product of pedophilia.
Pornography is created in the process of carrying out sexual abuse or is used to groom potential victims and prepare them for abuse.39 Pornography is incidental to the abuse suffered by the victim. In all likelihood, the effects of child pornography vary among users, and all of the above relationships may apply depending upon the individual in question."
If you want more, by all means, take a look at the research within the reference section of the linked article.
Although this references video/photography and not drawings, the basic psychological premises are the same. At "best" the catharsis provided prevents active offending, but at worst the continued cycle of fueling the mind's pathways with dopamine and enforcing these fetishes through repeated use makes it all corruptive. Use primes seeking more and more intense "product" and the viewing of the more intense "product" primes the individual to then act physically on their urges, which plays into the porn/human trafficking industry's massive money-making endeavors. They want to prime people towards more and more depraved content to better groom consumers of their physical, real-world "product" either children or adults. People put through human trafficking, those subjected to working in the sex industry (either by carrot or stick, usually both) are the victims of this underground economy. The concept of sex work as empowering is a myth perpetuated by the industry itself to desensitize us to the harm it does.
The seemingly innocuous viewing of porn without considering what it is doing to your neural pathways or keeping yourself in check can lead down a path which fuels an industry which harms countless lives and families. Porn is much like the "jerky chew cans and candy cigarettes" which lead children to eventually start actually smoking or chewing. What we put into our mind eventually filters out into your real-world behavior, and the more we are primed the more likely we are to act.
Porn itself isn't bad, but porn sexualizing minors and priming people to accept what they are viewing in said pornography as "normal" is not ok. It might feel like there are no victims here, but there are and the consequences on a large scale are deadly.