March 14, 2017
For Immediate Release
MLA’s resolution condemns easy access to violent, sexually explicit online material
Children need protection from violent and degrading material on the Internet: Teitsma
James Teitsma, MLA for Radisson, is pleased that his private member’s resolution, which would call on the Legislative Assembly to condemn the ease of access to violent, degrading and sexually explicit online material for children and youth, was debated today at second reading.
“The ease of access children have to pornography today is unprecedented. Children are accessing porn on home computers, school computers, laptops in their bedrooms or virtually anywhere on their smartphones,” Teitsma said in the House. “The type of material they are accessing is significantly more violent and exploitative than 30 years ago. These depictions have consequences for their viewers.”
Teitsma noted research shows that consumption of violent online pornography leads to increasing acceptance of violence against women and a willingness to use physical or verbal coercion to have sex, and that it has become a public health issue. He cited Parliament’s unanimous passing of Motion M-47, which calls on the federal Standing Committee on Health to examine the public health effects of the ease of access to violent, degrading and sexually explicit online material and to report its findings to the House of Commons by July of this year.
“It’s important to study the issue,” added Teitsma. “But it’s even more important to take concrete action, and that’s what the resolution before us speaks to. Many of our federal colleagues understand the importance of this issue, and passing this resolution will be sure to be an encouragement to them.”
More than 60 supporters of Teitsma’s resolution watched from the gallery. Letters of support were provided by Lianna McDonald of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, Jared and Michelle Brock, who co-directed the ‘Over 18’ video documentary, registered nurse Janet Zacharias, who has studied the health impacts of pornography, church pastor T.J. Okunnu, Mark Penninga, executive director of the Association for Reformed Political Action Canada, Defend Dignity executive director Glendyne Gerrard and Marilyn Evans of Parents Aware.