Update – Victory for Click Off and the Safe Schools Alliance!
Following our petition Warwickshire County Council have withdrawn their ‘Respect Yourself’ guidance. Click Off are now corresponding with Chief Executive, Monica Fogarty in the hope that WCC reconsider their approach to sex and relationships education.
Our email exchange can be read here:
Report from journalist Sonia Poulton on a scandal at the NSPCC featuring Click Off.
Update – Click Off to feed-into CPS research
Click Off received a response to the letter below on 25th October 2019. Click Off are now collating evidence and consulting about how best to proceed.
Click Off are an organisation committed to raising awareness about the harms of pornography. We urge the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to consider the role of pornography when prosecuting cases of violence against women and girls.
The announcement of a new CPS project to ‘understand changing sexual behaviours and associated myths and stereotypes’ is warmly welcomed by Click Off, as is the commitment from Director of Public Prosecutions Max Hill QC to have a ‘frank and full conversation about the reasons for the fall in referrals.’ Click Off would like to be part of this conversation, because we know that pornography is changing both personal attitudes towards violence against women and girls and the wider context in which justice is pursued.
The reported drop in both referrals from the police and convictions needs to be seen in a wider context. Our legislature is struggling to keep up with the pace of technological change and the new challenges of a society saturated with images that normalise violent sexual abuse of women and girls.
There is a growing body of research which suggests that those who watch pornography are more susceptible to rape myths, and there is compelling evidence that pornography use is a factor in sexual offending. The recent case of Jamel Nwokoye underscores this point, following his conviction for rape which appeared to simulate the pornography he’d been watching, the Metropolitan Police called for action to be taken on ‘rape porn.’
Many victims of sexual offences find that courtrooms are hostile environments. Challenging the impact of pornography on all of those involved in the process of administering justice would enhance confidence in the courts, whilst sending out a clear social message that pornography is both a threat to the safety of women and girls and a barrier to equality between the sexes.
We look forward to your response.