As a member of your constituency, I invite you to carefully consider the Porn Harms Kids Report. This report provides comprehensive opportunities to expand understanding of the scope of pornography’s impact on children and young people. Porn Harms Kids undertook a thorough investigation into past and present legislative, policy, digital and educational strategies that attempt to address the harms. The Report presents their findings and reviews; includes comprehensive international research; and provides clear calls for action and recommendations, including a proposed 3-year Action Plan. This solutions-focused Action Plan was developed to respond to children and young people's vulnerabilities to pornography, in consultation with experts around the world.
The Porn Harms Kids Report shows that the current legislation and policies need urgent attention. Weak and convoluted laws mean that children have unfettered access to pornography from any device connected to the internet without a filtering service installed. There are major disparities in how the government manages prohibited content hosted domestically, versus that hosted overseas; this places young people at risk of sexual harms, including exploitation, grooming and mental health vulnerabilities.
Porn Harms Kids have also compiled a Statement of Research relating to pornography harms to children. Endorsed globally by over 50 experts and organisations, empirically researched harms of pornography on children and young people include poor mental health; sexism and objectification; sexual aggression and violence; child-on-child sexual abuse; and shaping sexual behaviours.
I stand with Porn Harms Kids and call for government responses that put the rights of our children to be protected, in front of the rights of adults who want to watch online pornography. It is time to bring this conversation out of the shadows as a matter of national urgency for the protection of our children.
I thank you in advance for your prompt action to address this important public health and child protection issue.
I look forward to hearing back from you to confirm your support, and how you plan on making decisions that are in the best interests of children in Australia.
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