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The Domestic Abuse Bill is about to become law, this represents a radical change in how violence against women and girls is treated and this is to be welcomed. It is now essential that pornography be considered alongside other proposals to further the rights of women and girls.
That the CPS
includes pornography in Violence Against Women and Girls guidance is promising,
and yet the government approach to pornography is disjointed and out-of-step
with the scale of the problem. For example, we know:
- 10 per cent of 12 to 13-year-olds fear they are addicted to porn
- Over 4 in 10 UK girls (age 13-17) say they have been coerced into sex acts
- 88 per cent of scenes in pornography include physical aggression such as gagging, choking and slapping
- In 94 per cent of those pornographic scenes the aggression was directed towards women
As your constituent I would like to ask that you take action to ensure that tackling pornography, firstly by supporting these simple demands proposed by the campaign group Click Off. These are as follows:
- To support proposals to introduce age verification to help prevent children from accessing pornographic material online
- To ensure that the consequences of viewing and producing pornography are covered as part of age-appropriate sex and relationships education in schools and academies
- To ensure that those wishing to leave the pornography industry are supported to do so
- To take all available practical action against websites which have been proven to host images of rape or victims of trafficking
- To ensure that evidence of consumption of pornography is routinely collected from those accused of child abuse of rape and serious sexual offences
are not controversial, indeed they are based in common sense. For too long either through embarrassment or
fear of seeming illiberal politicians have let women and girls down by ignoring
the proven links between abuse and pornography.
Pornography hurts individuals, and society. It is time those with the power to make change did so, and as such I ask that you take action against pornography by voicing concerns about the impact of pornography in parliament.
I look forward
to hearing from you.