LIFEalerts – Pornography


UK – No age checks is a dangerous weapon lying around

Members of Parliament are calling for tougher checks to protect children from the damaging effects of online pornography and a more robust approach to safeguarding children from harmful material on websites and social media platforms. Their concern is that incidents of self-harm and depression in young people, have all got worse. A poll conducted by Christian Action, Research, and Education (CARE) of more than 2,000 adults found that 80% were in favour of age verification access to porn sites. A report, published in the British Journal of Criminology, found 8,000 titles describing physical aggression or forced sex acts on the homepages of the three biggest porn sites – many of which were free to view with no age restrictions. British Journal of Criminology, Reporting article.

USA – Real Experience in The Porn Industry: A Panel Discussion (VIDEO)

The porn industry is often considered a champion of sexual expression, empowerment, and harmless entertainment in today’s culture, but that is not the experience of many on the other side of the screen. Survivors from the porn and commercial sex industries share what their real experiences were like, how they saw these industries foster exploitation, and why they eventually left. This panel discussion is hosted by Fight the New Drug, a non-religious and non-legislative organization that exists to provide individuals with the opportunity to make an informed decision regarding pornography by raising awareness on its harmful effects using only science, facts, and personal accounts. Panel Discussion

USA – School board to resign over sexually titillating writing assignments

The mayor of Hudson in Ohio is calling for the resignation of the entire Board of Education. Mayor Shubert stated that it has come to his attention that educators are distributing what is essentially child pornography in the classroom. The assignment that sparked the mayor’s strong reaction was a book titled “642 Things to Write About” that was given to seniors taking a college credit course at Hudson High School. The book contains prompts such as, “write a sermon for a beloved preacher who has been caught in a sex scandal,” “describe your favourite part of a man’s body using only verbs,” “choose how you will die,” and “write an X-rated Disney scenario. Other prompts asked students to “write a sex scene you wouldn’t show your mom.” The principal said the school is in the process of collecting the book from students. More

USA – Parents Group Demands Child Pornography Investigation

Though Netflix’s animated series, “Big Mouth,” bills itself as TV-MA and is ostensibly intended for adults, it features 12- and 13-year-old characters engaging in sex acts and includes animated nudity according to a parents group demanding Netflix be investigated over the show. A new report from the Parents Television and Media Council (PTC) argues that, despite being a cartoon, “Big Mouth’s” sexually explicit content is meant to depict minors and therefore qualifies as child pornography. The group is calling on law enforcement to investigate the distributor, Netflix. More

Ireland – New Sexual Offences Set To Become Law

Several new sexual offences, including up-skirting, down-blousing and adults masquerading as children online, are set to become law following the introduction of the second stage of legislation by Justice Minister, Naomi Long. Long said: “The Justice (Sexual Offences and Trafficking Victims) Bill has the protection of victims at its heart. She is determined to do everything she can to ensure victims are heard and that they feel confident in the criminal justice system. Services for victims of trafficking and exploitation will also be enhanced as a result of this legislation. Other provisions within the Bill include the exclusion of the public from all serious sexual offence hearings and the introduction of anonymity for defendants. More