Luke Howarth MP: The risk to children posed by easy access to online violent sexually explicit material
Luke Howarth - Federation Chamber - May 22, 2017
Liz Walker, Chair of Porn Harms Kids in Australia, speaks with Lyrella Cochrane from ABC Radio Darwin and the Northern Territory. We discuss what happens when children see hardcore online pornography, why it's a public health crisis, and how the Australian Government is failing to protect children from harms they openly acknowledge.Read more
If someone tries to bring a suitcase of Refused Classification (RC) DVDs through customs, they will be refused entry. Relating to sex, RC films: depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults. The RC definition also refers to Child Exploitation Material (CEM), or any films that promote, incite or instruct in matters of crime or violence. With this in mind, if you plan on visiting your Federal MP to ask what they are doing to uphold their due diligence obligation towards children, we advise that you go armed with some pressing questions.Read more
The problem of sexual exploitation is enormous.But at the same time, new opportunities to take back ground are emerging as societies around the globe recognise that what is needed to beat this insidious form of exploitation is a proactive, co-ordinated, multi-agency approach.Now, more than ever, the growing movement to end sexual exploitation needs to work together to establish a new norm – a world free of all forms of exploitation.The Australian Summit Against Sexual Exploitation on May 5-6 2017 brought together leaders from this movement, along with special guest speakers to equip, encourage and inspire.
A public health lens informs the activities of the 3-pronged PREVENT – EQUIP – RESTORE approach taken by Porn Harms Kids. Given the extensive data available on the harms of pornography on children and young people – particularly related to the rise in mental health issues and preventable diseases such as Sexually Transmitted Infections, work must commence with prevention.Read more
After months of deliberation, Child Protection advocates are celebrating in the United Kingdom with new changes adopted into legislation. The UK have been taking active steps to protect children from online pornography harms, and at 3.15.p.m. on April 27, the Digital Economy Bill 2016-2017 was approved. The legislation creates civil penalties for online pornographers who do not verify the age of their customers, and ISP level blocking of non-compliant sites.Read more
In February 2016, I had the privilege of opening the Pornography and Harms to Children and Young People Symposium. The largest gathering of its kind in the southern hemisphere with the aim to spark a national conversation about the public health crisis caused by porn harms to children across Australia. I opened with this quote from the The Cyber Violence Against Women and Girls Report (2015):
The growing ubiquity of mobile devices means those targeted or indirectly implicated are getting younger and younger — with children as young as 5 or 6 years of age now exposed to cyberbullying and online pornography — sometimes of the most extreme kind. In some contexts online culture represents the worst form of gang violence.
This is fact. Reality. This is the age our young people live in. And in every presentation I deliver, I start by saying that I make no apologies for offending anyone with what they see or hear, because the porn industry makes no apologies to our children. (These words are a ‘warning’ for what is contained in the rest of this news update.)Read more
Now, more than ever, we need your support to let the government know that more needs to be done to address children and young people being exposed to pornography.Read more
Countries are only just working out how to address the impacts of pornography, hence very few countries outside the UK have a track record. There are massive obstacles to address the issue of pornography access, but given there are clear links between sexual violence and pornography, this issue cannot be ignored. It’s encouraging to see global taskforces such as Porn Harms Kids, forming and working together with Governments, ISPs, Stakeholders and the industry itself, to identify the best possible means of curbing the harms resulting from pornography.