Pornography – M-47

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Quick Links to MYC National Communications on Pornography:

June 15th, 2017 – Final Report on Pornography Motion M-47 & Next Steps We Can Take

June 8th, 2017 – An Update on Pornography Motion M-47. Please Continue to Pray // Report to be Tabled Soon

Dec. 12th, 2016 – VICTORY! Motion 47 on Pornography is Unanimously Adopted. Study to Take Place in Spring 2017

Sept. 16th, 2016 – Announcing: An Important New Documentary About Pornography. Learn How You Can Help Host a Screening and Support a Motion to Protect Canadians

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Overview:

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. As a result, 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.

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Quick Stats:

  • 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.

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Motion M-47

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 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

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M-47 // Committee Report

As called on by the motion, the Committee on Health studied the harmful effects of violent sexually-explicit material in spring 2017 and a number of expert witnesses were called to present on the subject. 

Unfortunately, the study and resulting report by the Committee on Motion 47 were highly disappointing. The onus appeared to be on the presenters to prove causation; the focus was on harm to children and the committee did not want to recognize the harm. The issue of addiction was set aside because the article on this was not peer reviewed, despite a clear causal link.  There was obvious evidence to limit the amount of information heard from witnesses as well as an effort to limit the amount of information included in the committee report. In the committee report, much of the evidence was suppressed or left out completely, meaning that the ample evidence proving the harm of pornography will not make it into the public record. 

Furthermore, the dissenting report by some committee members was never tabled. 

Click here to read the committee report in full or here to read the dissenting report. 

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Next Steps on M-47 // What Now?

The government has 120 days to respond to the committee report. 

Those concerned about this issue and disappointed with the report should contact their MPs and the Minister of Health now, asking them to work to 1) introduce meaningful age verification systems, 2) update sexual health curriculum with warnings about pornography, 3) work with the porn industry to develop opt-in filters, 4) provide funding for more research, 5) develop a public health awareness campaign, and 6) develop education/tools for parents.

Please scroll down to learn how.

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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. 

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MP Arnold Viersen’s Statement on Sex Trafficking & Backpage.com

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Over 18 – A Documentary About Pornography

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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

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What You Can Do:

1 – PRAY:

Please pray that Parliamentarians would continue to be confronted about the dangers of pornography on Canadians and that they would be moved to put real safeguards into place. Let’s pray that the Minister of Health would respond to the Committee report on M-47 by limited access to porn, such as through age-verification or opt-in programming.

Please pray that Canada’s children and youth would be protected online; that not one more child would encounter pornography accidentally and that their minds, eyes, and hearts would be defended against this misrepresentation of intimacy.

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2 – CONTACT YOUR MP/MINISTER of HEALTH:

We are encouraging you to contact your Member of Parliament regarding Motion 47 and ask them to do more to restrict access to pornography and better protect Canadians from the harmful effects of sexually-explicit material.

Option 1: Please use this Easy Mail tool to send a pre-written e-mail to your MP now. Simply click here and choose the letter titled “Motion 47 report needs to be reassessed.”

Option 2: Alternatively, you can write your own letter encouraging the government/your MP to develop a more comprehensive Public Health Response that includes some of the key recommendations made to the committee, such as:

  • Introducing meaningful age-verification systems
  • Updating sexual health curriculum warnings about pornography
  • Working with the porn industry to develop opt-in filters
  • Providing funding for more research
  • Developing a public health awareness campaign
  • Developing education/tools for parents

Click here to find your MP by postal code.

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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). It is important that Members of Parliament, the media, and all Canadians continue to see involvement on this issue. 

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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 out more and/or help arrange a screening in your area, please go to www.over18doc.com

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Other Organizations Working On This Issue:

Save My Generation

MP Arnold Viersen

Over 18 Documentary

Strength to Fight

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