Quick Links to MYC National Communications on Pornography:
Throughout recent decades, pornography has become a much more common unhealthy, damaging, and addictive issue for people of all ages. With the rise of internet-use in recent years, access to pornography has become as easy as a few clicks of a computer mouse and men, women, and children have become increasingly affected by pornography and the violent sexual images portrayed.
According to Member of Parliament Arnold Viersen, “Violent and degrading sexually explicit material, in which the majority of violence is directed at women, is easily accessible to anyone with an access to the internet, without restriction. As the medical community has discovered, this is having a significant harmful impact on the mental, emotional and sexual health of children, women and men.”
Pornography negatively affects the viewer’s perceptions of healthy relationships and of women in particular. As a directly-related result, violence against women has become a tremendous issue affecting girls and women across the nation and ultimately around the world; human trafficking, rape, and the abuse of pregnant women, among other offences, are all increased as a result of our society’s viewership of sexually explicit materials.
- Adult sites get more visitors each month than Netflix, Amazon and Twitter combined, with Pornhub alone receiving 21.2 billion visits in 2015.
- 35% of all internet downloads are sexually explicit.
- Globally, sexually explicit material is a $97 billion industry.
- Average age of first exposure among boys is 12 years of age.
- Sexually explicit material has become a primary source of information about sex and a significant factor influencing sexual behaviors for children and adolescents.
In March 2016, MP Arnold Viersen brought forth Motion M-47, asking the Standing Committee on Health to examine the public health effects of the ease of access and viewing of online violent and degrading sexually explicit material on children, women and men. The motion requests that the Committee reports its findings to the House no later than July 2017. The motion was supported by all parties and every MP who rose in the House to present a speech on the motion and the motion carried with unanimous support on December 8th, 2016!
Quick Links to M-47 Documents:
Backpage.com & Sex Trafficking
MP Viersen also recently rose in the House of Commons to draw attention to the many cases of women and girls advertised on Backpage.com, a popular website used for the sex trafficking of Aboriginal and Canadian women and asking the Minister of Justice to take action in regards to this ongoing advertising. There is a strong link between the $57-billion-a-year industry of pornography and the world of sex trafficking, and so we look forward to seeing the Government move to prohibit Backpage.com’s activity in Canada in the near future.
MP Arnold Viersen’s Statement on Sex Trafficking & Backpage.com
Over 18 – A Documentary About Pornography
Links to Related Articles
March 14th, 2017 – CTV News – Manitoba MLA calls on feds to make it harder for kids to access online pornography
November 22nd, 2016 – Edmonton Journal – Alberta school trustees want curriculum to include the dangers of pornography
November 14th, 2016 – National Post – Liberals to back Tory MP’s bid to study violent and degrading sexual material online
October 7th, 2016 – Associated Free Press – Backpage.com CEO to fight sex trafficking charges: Lawyer
July 8th, 2016 – Huffington Post – Kids Watching Porn: It’s Happening Much Earlier Than You Think
April 13th, 2016 – LifeSiteNews – Be encouraged: There is some surprisingly good news about porn
March 30th, 2016 – Sun News – MP wants feds to study affects of violent porn on youth
What You Can Do:
1 – CONTACT YOUR MP:
Please contact your Member of Parliament to express your support of M-47 and relief that the motion was carried. Ask them to consider and support legislation to help protect Canadian children, youth, adults and families from pornography.
3 – CONTINUE TO SUPPORT M-47 ON SOCIAL MEDIA:
Please continue to use the hashtag #SupportM47 on your social media and consider sharing the M47 graphics below (scroll down). As the Committee on Health studies the harmful effects of pornography, it would be great for them to continue to see Canadian involvement on this issue.
4 – WATCH/SUPPORT THE OVER 18 DOCUMENTARY:
Over 18 is a powerful documentary exploring the issue of pornography, its availability and consequences on children under the age of 18. To find a screening near you or help arrange a screening in your area, please go to www.over18doc.com.
Other Organizations Working On This Issue: