Published with permission from the author, Sarah Ware.
Over the past few years we have been shocked by the dramatic rise in domestic violence. We have seen a State Government taskforce established and generous funding pledged from the Federal Government in order to put an end to domestic and family violence. Despite this the problem grows and the pornography industry thrives. Over the last few years we have witnessed an onslaught of freely available pornography. At the click of a button, anyone with an Internet connection has easy and unrestricted access to a smorgasbord of sex.
At this point some might pull out the ‘prude’ card. Many may advocate for the ‘adult rights’ that we should be free and liberal, that sex is now casual and porn is just normal… So let’s just look at the research.Read more
By Caroline Helen Przibilla
UNSUSPECTING children are being lured to play explicit, animated sex games through a website that purports to be a children’s gaming site.
Designed to attract children with bright, multicoloured banners and childlike wording, the Funny-Games.biz/ main page looks like any child’s gaming site.
Listed as Google’s top site when searching for funny games, the site encourages children to play with friends. More than 100 interactive Flash games are featured on the front page. From initial glances, parents would not have cause for concern.
Scroll to the bottom of the web page and every parent’s nightmare becomes apparent. Featured under the “Want More” heading, the site states there are thousands of online games including children’s games and online sex games. A hidden link embedded under “online sex games,” links directly to the adult content.Read more
By Nina Funnell
MORE than 70 Australian schools are targets for a perverse pornography ring of teen boys and young men secretly swapping and exchanging graphic sexual images of female students and other nonconsenting women.
News.com.au can reveal more than 2000 images have been posted or traded by Australian members since the group began operating in December last year.
Young men use the site to nominate the specific high school or region they are phishing for nude photos from, along with the full names of girls they are “hunting”. Hundreds of individual names have appeared on “wanted” lists, including the names of sisters and entire high school friendship circles.
Once a girl’s name appears on a list, other members of the group then “contribute” by posting identifying information about the intended victim, such as her full name, face, school, home address, and phone number, along with directives like “Go get her boys!”Read more
By Maree Crabbe
Porn is big business. It is estimated to be worth about US$25bn in annual profit and to account for 30% of all internet traffic.
Even if we don’t watch it ourselves, porn demands our attention because its prevalence, the nature of its content, and its impact make it a cultural influence we can’t afford to ignore – a situation recognised by growing numbers of parents, schools, counsellors and policymakers.
My journey with porn began about eight years ago, when I was working as a sexual violence prevention educator. I watched the internet become more accessible and with it, the growth of the influence of porn as a sex educator. Porn became increasingly common in the conversations I was having with young people.
One of my most memorable conversations about pornography occurred with a group of disadvantaged 15- and 16 year-old boys who were part of an adventure therapy programRead more
SCHOOLS are battling to deal with the consequences of boys’ exposure to porn at a young age, from sexting to deviant behaviour and viewing explicit images in class.
Easy access to violent porn has been blamed in part for a rise in problem sexual behaviour by children, with one service reporting 200 referrals in the past year.
It comes after hundreds of concerned teachers, parents and academics wrote to a Senate inquiry into the harm internet porn was having on children, with school heads worried about a “dramatic increase” in opportunities for students to access it.Read more
BOYS are no longer learning about sex from pilfered copies of Penthouse or sneaking a peek at their parents’ dog-eared edition of The Joy of Sex.
These days they’re much more likely to be watching hard-core videos on their mobile phones or iPads down the back of the school bus or hidden away in their bedrooms.
Their smart phones offer them freedom and give parents peace of mind. But they — and other electronic devices — are also a very dangerous because they deliver porn so easily.
WHEN eighteen-year-old Jake had his first sexual experience three years ago, he believed all the readily-available porn he watched had prepared him for the real thing.
But instead of the plethora of sexual positions and experiences the teen might have imagined was awaiting, an awkward reality dawned on the adolescent.Read more
Experts say the online ubiquity of degrading pornography is eroding safety for children.
They say porn depicts violence and demeaning acts, which children then replicate.Read more
'I was seeking out sexual interactions wherever I could': Woman reveals how porn destroyed her life after first seeing it at the age of SIX
A mother-of-three has revealed how she was 'traumatised' and left battling mental health issues after she was shown a graphic magazine on the school bus at the age of six.
Liz Walker, 42, from Brisbane, said she was 'catapulted' into an awareness of her sexuality after an older girl sat next to her and showed her a pornographic magazine she found under her brother's bed.Read more
Children and teens will almost inevitably be exposed to pornography despite the best efforts of parents, a cybersafety expert has warned.
Porn can be blocked, banned or ignored but it will eventually find your child, a cybersafety expert has warned.
Parents have their head in the sand if they think children won't be exposed to pornography, cybersafety expert Susan McLean said at a Sydney symposium.