Media Release: Collective Shout welcomes new National Plan to end Violence Against Women and Children – urges specific action to address pornography as a driver.
The National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022-32 was released today. We are pleased to see it included a strong statement on pornography as a driver of violence against women in contributing to sexist, misogynistic and degrading views about women – which we have documented for a decade.
However there is no detailed strategy for how to do this. Girls in schools tell us of daily experiences of sexual harassment, groping, demands for nudes and being subjected to sexual moaning noises by boys. Boys are pressuring girls to engage in the sex acts they have seen in porn. This will only worsen if we fail to put the wellbeing of young people before sex industry profits. Nor does it contain explicit plans to address violence against women in the sex industry.
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