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Children younger than ten in porn epidemic
Thursday, October 29, 2015


 

FamilyVoice Australia research officer Ros Phillips has praised UK Prime Minister David Cameron for his pledge yesterday to introduce new laws to protect children from damaging online pornography.  She has called on Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to do the same.
 
Research shows that men who become frequent porn users had their first exposure between 11 and 13 years old, with almost one-third claiming it was younger than 10,” Ros Phillips said.
 
“This is alarming because of the long-term effects of pornography on young minds.  They are more likely to sexually abuse siblings and other children, or to become deeply anxious and traumatised.”
 
Mrs Phillips said that adult porn users are more likely to become dissatisfied with their partner, leading to family breakdown.  They are likely to become more interested in extreme forms of pornography, and consider the crime of rape less serious.
 
“Pornography commonly portrays acts that are degrading to women, and there is strong evidence that exposure to violent pornography is associated with sexually aggressive behaviours in both adolescent and adult males,” she said.
 
“We urgently need ISP-level filters to protect Aussie kids from harmful porn.”

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