South Africa has pending cyber legislation which includes criminalising the distribution of intimate images without consent. The proposed Bill includes possible jail time of up to 3 years and/or a fine if a message is found to be intimate in nature (e.g. nudity) and is distributed without the consent of the person involved. While these new laws are yet to come into effect there is an alternative and perhaps rather unusual remedy, in copyright law, which may assist victims in jurisdictions to have the images removed.
In an apparent competition among American public school boards to see which sex-education program can be made the most graphic and politically correct, there’s likely a new leader. The Fairfax County School Board in Northern Virginia is considering teaching children there is no such thing as “biological sex” and also that “clergy” are not to be trusted if students have questions. These 80 hours of sex-ed lessons evolve around ‘sexual identity’, the proper handling of contraceptive drugs and devices, and how to give consent for sex. They also teach children they weren’t actually born male or female. Advisers scrubbed ‘biological sex’ from all lessons.
In the 12th grade, the teacher is to present, show, and advertise pornographic magazines such as Playboy, Playgirl, and Penthouse.
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has hinted at bringing in a law to curb pornography. Addressing the media after visiting the family of the nine-year-old girl who was raped at Dachepalli recently, Mr. Naidu said that pornography should be curbed in view of the rising sexual assaults against minors. According to Mr Naidu everyone has a mobile phone and they generally use them for personal use and business. But some are using them to watch pornography. He suggested laws to control the unrestricted access to porn sites and that atrocities against children should be discussed.
More South African women are using internet porn. Website xHamster recorded its biggest gains for 2017 in South Africa where female users grew by 23%. Women now represent 26% of xHamster’s users‚ with “daddy” as the top search term. The search term “porn for women” grew by 359% among female internet users last year according to digital media website Mashable. Pornhub says women are far more likely than men to look at online porn using their phone. Its research shows that 80% of women who visit the site use a smartphone or tablet compared to 69% of men.
The Missouri State Senate passed ‘Senate Concurring Resolution No. 52’ recognizing "pornography as leading to individual and societal harms and recognizes the need for education, prevention, research and policy change at the community and societal level." It further warns that the internet is accelerating children’s exposure to increasingly “hardcore” material at younger ages. This “may serve as children's and youth's sex education and may shape their sexual templates,” which “can lead to low self-esteem and body image disorders, an increase in problematic sexual activity at younger ages, and an increased desire among adolescents to engage in risky sexual behaviour,” as well as difficulties forming and keeping faithful relationships later in life. The language of the bill follows suit with other states declaring pornography a public health crisis.
A new law in Kenya is the latest in East Africa to punish the spreading of "false information" and impose a lengthy jail term on offenders. President Kenyatta said the ‘Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes law’ would provide a legal basis to prosecute cybercrimes, including child pornography, computer fraud and identity theft.
Amid growing anger over rising incidents of child rape cases India has started the process to amend the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act), 2012, to ensure maximum punishment of the death penalty in child rape cases where the victim is under 12 years of age. The Act was framed to protect children from offences of sexual abuse, sexual harassment and pornography. The move comes amid rising tensions over the rape and murder of an eight-year-old in Jammu and the alleged rape of a minor in Unnao. There is a rising national consensus for punishments that set an example in both the cases.
On behalf of parents enraged that their 14-year-old girls at a Virginia high school were exposed to pornographic videos and curriculum, a Christian legal group is demanding that the Planned Parenthood affiliated agency presenting the obscene material be prohibited from continuing its so-called “education” classes. Parents were particularly upset over the fact that they were not asked or even forewarned about the sexually explicit content being presented to their early teens. “The ‘Sex Positivity’ curriculum was presented without the consent or knowledge of parents. Nowhere in the curriculum are the words ‘abstinence’, ‘legal,’ ‘moral,’ ‘faith,’ or ‘parents. However, the word ‘sex’ or derivatives appears more than 49 times in the document, including the sentence ‘I'd like to have sex tonight, would you?’
The Bitcoin world is shocked by a revelation that could threaten the existence of the world's foremost crypto currency. An analysis of the Bitcoin blockchain, the publicly accessible ledger of transactions which the system is built on, has revealed the data is irrevocably tainted with irremovable links to illegal child pornography, which are inevitably distributed among and by all users of the currency. The discovery of this, in addition to other questionable and possibly outlawed content stored within the blockchain, hypothetically makes Bitcoin ownership illegal in almost every country that has laws against pornography. A group of researchers from Germany's RWTH Aachen University uncovered more than 1,600 inserted files on the blockchain, over 99 percent of which are texts or images, including links to child pornography.
The Government is planning on forcing people who watch porn to give over personal details if they want to carry on viewing. The age-check scheme is being rolled-out that will automatically stop people being able to access explicit material on their computers. This default setting can only be side-stepped by signing up to an age-verification program that means you’ll have to hand over info to identify yourself, such as passport details. The British Board of Film Classification which gives ratings to movies on the UK will be tasked with deciding which sites count as X-rated.
The first End Exploitation summit in 2018 features interviews with experts on the issue of pornography and how it hurts those who view it. Pornography viewers, says the documentary, often turn their now-distorted views on life, love, and sex towards secondary victims of porn. According to Family Watch International president Sharon Slater, the documentary (The Porn Pandemic: The Devastating Effects on Children, Family and Society) presents scientific evidence, expert commentary and personal testimonies showing the addictive nature of pornography. Slater continues by saying that "porn addictions can lead to violence against women, prostitution, trafficking in persons, and sexual crimes against women and children," which are highlighted in the video. "The Porn Pandemic" link is below and is approximately 28 minutes long.
South Africa’s award-winning film Inxeba (The Wound), has been classified as X18 by the Film and Publication Board Appeal Tribunal after protest from interests groups CONTRALESA Gauteng and The Men and Boy Foundation because of elements of sex, language, nudity, violence and Prejudice”. The film can only be distributed from designated adult premises. The reclassification of Inxeba also follows multiple protests against the film’s screening. This included a protest at a Nu Metro cinema in Port Elizabeth at the start of February. Protesters called for a boycotting of the film and the mall which hosted the cinema.
Internet pornography has caused men to prefer robotic sex dolls rather than women, according to a man profiting by this booming new sex doll industry. The overuse of pornography has perpetuated unrealistic expectations about women that cause men to turn to robotic dolls. The creator of the “Samantha” robot, Arran Wright, claimed that his robot responds when you tell her you love her. He also boasted that his robot can go into “family” mode and interact with his children. Critics of sex doll robots say that the child-like ones that have been created will increase, rather than reduce, sex abuse by paedophiles. There are also robots that can be programmed to respond as if they are being raped.
Some legislators in Virginia claim that online porn leads to human trafficking and the state's assembly is considering legislation that would lock all pornographic websites on internet devices, unless the user pays a $20 fee. The bill is known as the "Human Trafficking Prevention Act." Those who request having their devices unlocked must acknowledge "the potential danger of disabling the capability," the bill states. The $20 fee would then go into a state fund titled the "Human Trafficking Victim Fund."
For several weeks, a sub-reddit thread called “Deepfakes” has been saturated with doctored images that depict famous figures, mostly women, engaging in sexual acts, where their faces are believably mapped onto pornographic pictures, or videos. As Deepfakes become more refined and easier to create, they also highlight the inadequacy of the law to protect would-be victims of this new technology. The best way to get a pornographic face-swapped photo or video taken down is for the victim to claim either defamation or copyright. It’s almost impossible to erase a video once it’s been published to the internet.
Porn viewers have been warned that in a few months time they will be required to prove their age to watch x-rated videos, for example by showing their passports or driver’s licenses. The age verification process means that no one under the age of 18 will be able to view porn online. The strict law is coming into place after stats compiled by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), found that more than half of children and teenagers that had watched online adult videos had “stumbled upon it” accidentally. This is just one of many of the UK's incoming pornography laws.
The internet has made an entire universe of pornographic content available to all of us. Many of the statistics have become outdated but updated numbers based on credible studies carried out in 2016 or 2017 are now available. In 2016 people watched 4.6 billion hours of pornography on just one website (the biggest porn site in the world). That’s 524,000 years of porn or about 17 000 complete lifetimes. In the same year people watched 92 billion videos (or an average of 12.5 for every person on earth). Understanding how much is consumed at just one site can at least help us see that this problem is nothing less than epidemic.
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