Porn Parade Exposes Failure To Protect Families

Family First NZ says that the Boobs on Bikes parade down Queen St today is evidence of pornography, perversion and business taking precedent over the international image of Auckland City and recognition of the harms of hard core pornography to women, children, and families.

“It’s time the law started protecting and putting the welfare of children and families first,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ. “The current law on public indecency is far too vague and needs to be amended.”

Family First is calling on the politicians to amend the Summary Offences Act and the Crimes Act so that topless public parades are deemed offensive and indecent, and thereby illegal.

“This parade is an advertisement for the hard core porn industry which is simply a business. It is certainly not a charitable family-friendly event like the Santa Parade or a sports event or celebration.”

“Most New Zealanders know and accept that it is indecent and inappropriate to be topless in a public place – which is why there is no acceptance of that behaviour in schools, workplaces, retail shops or public gatherings,” says Mr McCoskrie.

“Previously we could depend on the police to stop inappropriate displays like the Boobs on Bikes parade, but an increasingly liberal interpretation of what is deemed offensive behaviour in public under the Crimes Act by both the police and judges means that until a political party or individual MP with backbone is willing to have the Crimes Act ‘toughened up’ to more clearly define ‘offensive behaviour’, the problem will continue.”

“We cannot stop the pornography industry promoting their behaviour to a targeted audience – those who will not be offended. But for those who stand for decency, and who seek to protect families and children, a parade down a major street is offensive and a bad image for Auckland City.”

“It is time that the rights of families to not be exposed to offensive material are put before the rights of the pornography industry to promote themselves,” says Mr McCoskrie.
ENDS