Quit porn – menALIVE seeking submissions to government

Friday 4 March 2016
Media and Communications
 
 
 

 
 
 
ON 2 DECEMBER 2015 the Senate passed, without dissent, a motion to set up an inquiry into the impact of pornography on Australian children. The cross-party motion, moved by Labor Senator Joe Bullock and Liberal Senator Chris Back, said:

‘that the Senate notes that:

• in today's culture, children's use of smart phones, tablets and computers has increased markedly;
• online pornography is easily accessed, and a growing number of children are viewing it at an early age;
• recent studies have shown that exposure to pornography has measurable negative effects on brain development and behavioural outcomes;
• online pornography is increasingly violent in its content, particularly against women, and exposure correlates with children's acceptance of violent attitudes and beliefs;
• violence against women is often linked back to early and repeated exposure to pornography;
• violence towards, and abuse of, children is often linked to early and repeated exposure to pornography;
• children increasingly access the Internet outside their home environment; and
• previous inquiries in Australia have not adequately addressed the question of children's (those under 18 years-of-age) exposure to online pornography and the harm caused because of that access.’

The Terms of Reference of the Senate Inquiry are as follows:

‘Harm being done to Australian children through access to pornography on the Internet, with particular reference to:

• trends of online consumption of pornography by children and their impact on the development of healthy and respectful relationships;
• current methods taken towards harm minimization in other jurisdictions, and the effectiveness of those methods;
• the identification of any measures with the potential for implementation in Australia; and
• any other related matters.’

An Historic National 'Porn Harms' Symposium Has Taken Place
On 9 February, the 'Pornography and harms to children and young people Symposium' was held in Sydney. Academics and experts presented research and personal accounts about the appalling impact pornography is having on young people and children.

The head of the Australian Childhood Foundation, Dr. Joe Tucci, told the national Symposium that ‘Pornography is changing the landscape of children's sense of themselves and their relationships’ and that ‘we will see a lot more adults emerging with sexually offending behaviour and sexually harmful behaviour toward others.’ After learning that ‘most porn is violent’, Symposium delegate Vickie Janson reflected that ‘porn is normalising violence in society, and women and children in particular, are paying for it.’ The ABC reported that the Symposium showed how pornography is ‘causing a long-term public health crisis amongst Australian children’ with ‘long-term consequences’.

As we fight the harmful effects of internet pornography on children let us keep in mind the severe warning of Jesus that ‘if anyone causes one of these little ones to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck’ (Mark 9:42). This is a serious matter.

WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT THIS?

• Please pray that God will expose the harm caused by pornography and that the Government will mandate Internet Service Provider (ISP) level porn filtering so that our children will be protected from harm.

• Please take a few minutes to make a submission to the Inquiry, expressing in your own words, the harms of internet pornography on our children and young people and why the Government must enforce Internet filtering of porn at the ISP level. Your submission can be as short as a few sentences and can be sent by email to ec.sen@aph.gov.au or by Australia Post.

Submissions are being received until 10 March, 2016 so that a report can be made on the first sitting day of December 2016.

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600


Remember that the subject line or title is perhaps the most important part of your submission. Make sure it clearly expresses your position e.g. 'Protect Children from Internet Pornography'. Also please remember that submissions must be received no later than 10 March 2016.

Thank you
menALIVE

menALIVE website: http://www.menalive.org.au/

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