We’ve previously spoken out about the risks of AI to women and girls, including ‘deepfake’ and ‘deepnude’ apps that allow users to digitally manipulate images and videos and create pornographic and degrading images of them.
As these technologies are exploding in popularity, and users can create highly realistic content, women and girls are overwhelmingly at risk of being victimised – as we’ve seen with the creation of pornographic images of Taylor Swift circulated last week.Read more
"Increasing prominence and accessibility of these services will very likely lead to further instances of online harm, such as the creation and dissemination of non-consensual nude images, targeted harassment campaigns, sextortion, and the generation of child sexual abuse material."
New research has found Deepnude apps are exploding in popularity, with undressing websites attracting 24 million unique visitors in September 2023.
Deepnude apps allow users to virtually undress a woman, using AI to manipulate an image or video of a woman to remove her clothing. Many apps only work on women.Read more
Adolescents are now the most common perpetrators of child sexual abuse, according to new Australian research published in the International Journal of Child Abuse and Neglect.Read more
Collective Shout has been campaigning against pornography since our inception and things have really heated up as we advocate for age verification technology to be implemented on porn sites. Last week our Youth advocate Daniel Principe was interviewed about his engagement with boys.
“There are huge harms associated with pornography. The research suggests that boys who consume a lot of pornography are more likely to be sexually violent, so there are broad ramifications for the entire community.”
“I’m in Broome right now and 80 per cent of the Year 7 boys I just spoke to have had sexual content drop into their Snapchat, TikTok, Instagram and Discord feeds,” Mr Principe said.
“In a session I did this morning with Year 5 and 6 boys, 50 to 60 per cent said they are encountering pornography online.”
“The best sex and respectful relationship and consent education programs can’t compete,” he said. “Trying to undo the damaging indoctrination of pornography is very challenging.”
“Every single day I’m hearing stories from young people themselves about the kind of shocking content they’re being exposed to.
“It’s a modest ask to at least trial an age verification system pilot that can be taken on an iterative process to keep children safe.”
‘Porn profits before protection’
Child safety advocates slammed the government’s decision to ignore the eSafety Commissioner’s age verification plan.
The group Collective Shout said pornography profits had been prioritised over the protection of children.
“The government has caved to the vested interests of the porn industry,” Collective Shout director Melinda Tankard Reist said.
“Even while acknowledging porn as a driver of violence against women, as reflected in its National Plan to Address Violence Against Women and Children, the government has allowed itself to be swayed by industry resistance to an age-verification system.
“If France, Germany, UK, Louisiana and Utah can roll out age verification systems, why can’t we? Vested interests should not be put before the wellbeing of children.”
Read the full article on news.com
"We don't understand why the Federal Government has put the vested interests of a global, predatory porn industry before the wellbeing and safety of children"
Our Movement Director, Melinda Tankard Reist, also appeared on Sky News to discuss our campaign for age verification for porn sites and the failures of advertising self regulation.
"Even with all my experience, all my knowledge, all my protective measures and the amazing relationship I have with my daughter, I was still unable to stop her from being exposed to pornography at a too young age."
The following account was shared with us by a parent via our Kids Exposed page.Read more
Children are routinely exposed to porn. At school, on the school bus, the school camp, the sleepover at a friend’s house. It can happen at home too – and even when they aren’t searching for it, porn will find them. That’s the business model of the global porn industry – to build the next generation of consumers.
Despite a solid body of evidence now on the many ways early porn exposure harms our young people, the Federal Government has refused to implement a trial of an age verification system as one obstacle in the way of children being exposed. A pilot program was recommended by its own eSafety Commissioner – but the Government, which is supposed to care about its most vulnerable citizens – said no.
We don’t accept that. And we know the majority of Australian parents don’t either. We think our Government needs to hear the devastating stories of Australian parents whose children were exposed. Are you one of them? If so, please tell us:
- How did porn find your child?
- How was your child affected?
- What did it mean for you and your family?
We will get your stories to the Communications Minister Michelle Rowland and demand urgent action to protect our kids.Submit
As much as 90% of pornographic content online features verbal, physical and sexual violence towards women, and a significant amount of violence shown is punishable under existing laws in France, a report by the government-nominated equality watchdog has found.
The report said: “The women are real, the sexual acts and the violence is real, the suffering is often perfectly visible and at the same time eroticised.”
A significant amount of content amounted to torture.
Sylvie Pierre-Brossolette, the head of the French equality watchdog, told France Inter radio there was “no reason in 2023 to tolerate these illegal acts of unbearable torture” which were being shown to minors. She called pornography “a school for sexual violence” which must stop.Read more
Australian experts, academics, women’s safety organisations, child protection advocates and prominent Australians have called on the Federal Government to reverse its recent decision against implementing an age verification system to help protect children from exposure to p*rnography.
In their letter to Communications Minister Michelle Rowland, the 43 signatories urge the Government to roll out a pilot program as soon as possible.
Collective Shout stands with the Alannah & Madeline Foundation calling for more protections for children from online pornography.Read more