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Porn damage in the Northern Territory
Thursday, February 4, 2016


Violence and sexual assaults are growing problems for indigenous kids

 

FamilyVoice Victoria director Peter Stevens is greatly disturbed by the report in today’s Australian of the sexual assault of a 13-year-old indigenous boy by other teens in Alice Springs last weekend – and by the connection between rising sexualisation of children in Northern Territory communities and online pornography.

“Will MacGregor, chief executive of the Bush Mob rehab centre where the assault occurred, has warned of a ‘massive issue’ around sexual content spread through social media,” Peter Stevens said.  “He pointed out that ‘there’s no checks and balances on that stuff’.”

Mr Stevens said reports of child-on-child sex abuse are not confined to the Northern Territory.  “Last year, six-year-old Year 1 boys at Sydney’s Trinity Grammar viewed porn on school iPads with incorrect filter settings.  Later in the year some of them sexually assaulted other boys in the school toilets and elsewhere,” he said.

Peter Stevens welcomed the new Senate inquiry on the harm done to Australian children through access to pornography on the internet.  Academic papers presented during the  “Porn Harms Kids” symposium on 9 February at the University of NSW are expected to throw more light on the issue.

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