UK May Criminalize “Rape Pornography”

In an important move, the UK Joint Committee on Human Rights is looking to extend the definition of extreme pornography to include “rape and other non-consensual sexual penetration.” The Committee stated they acknowledge the cultural harm perpetrated by the material. We ask you to think further about who would argue it is an infringement of individual rights for rape themed pornography to be illegal. Certainly not the victims of this crime. This is an excerpt from a recent release published by the UK Parliament. The source of this excerpt is http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/joint-select/human-rights-committee/news/action-against-extreme-pornography-welcome/

In a new Report, the Joint Committee on Human Rights welcomes the provision in the Criminal Courts and Justice Bill, carried over from the last Session of this Parliament,

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which extends the current offence of possession of extreme pornography to include possession of pornographic images depicting rape and other non-consensual sexual penetration. The Committee considers this provision to be human rights enhancing, given the evidence of cultural harm done by such pornography, and acknowledges the strong justification provided by the Government and others for this proportionate restriction on individual rights.

This is a significantly shortened excerpt. To read the full release, please visit the UK Parliament website http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/joint-select/human-rights-committee/news/action-against-extreme-pornography-welcome/