One of my favorite bloggers - who's into spanking in a BIG way - wrote a very moving post about how awful she felt when she read about the abuse in a former children's home on the island of Jersey. The cruel punishment the children endured was the very same sort of thing that fueled her sex fantasies and 'scenes' with her doms and playmates.
It shook her quite a bit to have her 'play' life so coldly compared to reality.
but I guess that's why fantasies are exactly that. Our imagination is our playground and refuge and there, we can be horrified, terrified, tortured and abused - but safely, and with the ability to escape at any time.
It's a REALLY fascinating subject - just showing what a mindfuck human sexuality can be sometimes!