NZ survey finds sexual violence on the rise due to porn

"Pornography is now the main sex educator for young people"

Rape culture and sexual violence may be gaining ground in New Zealand because of pornography, a new survey has found.

Sexual health workers and youth workers have seen "an increase in sexual aggression and sexual violence, including sexually coercive behaviours, increasing incidences of sexual assault (for boys and girls), an increase in sexually aggressive behaviours seen in younger children, sexual violence towards partners and increased incidences of child-on-child abuse including re-enacting porn scenes".

"Young people are inadvertently educated that it's normal to endure or inflict pain," one person said.

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Full article: Sexual violence and non-consensual sex rising due to porn, finds survey

Growing up in Pornland

This new research closely matches what has been reported to Melinda Tankard Reist in her work with young people in schools all around Australia.

Writing for ABC Religion and Ethics in 2016, Melinda wrote that her own engagement with young women over the last few years confirms that we are conducting a pornographic experiment on young people - an assault on their healthy sexual development.

Girls and young women described boys pressuring them to provide acts inspired by the porn they consume routinely. Girls told of being expected to put up with things they don't enjoy.

A 2012 review of research on "The Impact of Internet Pornography on Adolescents" found that adolescent consumption of Internet pornography was linked to attitudinal changes, including acceptance of male dominance and female submission as the primary sexual paradigm, with women viewed as "sexual playthings eager to fulfil male sexual desires." The authors found that "adolescents who are intentionally exposed to violent sexually explicit material were six times more likely to be sexually aggressive than those who were not exposed."

Read full article: Growing up in Pornland: Girls have had it with porn conditioned boys.

See also:

Never Again? Addressing Sexual Violence Must Include Pornography

What's the problem with porn? Collective Shout respond to common pro-porn arguments

Resources

Tips for Parents - Keeping children safe online, respectful relationships and online services to help protect children.


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