Sexual violence depicted online harming society, Kiwis say

NZ Herald 30 April 2017
Family First Comment: “There has been an important national conversation around consent and rape culture. At the same time, there is increasing consumption and availability of online pornography and sexual violence – it’s time we connected the dots.”
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The majority of New Zealanders feel online depictions of sexual violence is harming our society.

And many also believe there is a connection between pornography and issues including rape culture and sexting.

A survey of a total of 750 people from around the country showed 90 per cent felt sexual violence depicted online was “moderately or very harmful” to society.

Sixty-eight per cent of participants felt it was “very harmful” to society while nearly half believed there was “a lot” of connection between online pornography and public issues such as a rape culture.

The Pornography Poll was carried out by Curia Market Research this month and was commissioned by Family First NZ.

Other figures showed 62 per cent of Kiwi adults had come across porn online while not seeking it out, while 13 per cent said that happened often and 48 per cent saying it happened occasionally.

Family First national director Bob McCoskrie said the results indicated there was a growing concern about the issue among communities.

“Society is starting to catch up with the science on the harms of pornography and are now calling for better support and protection of families and young people.

“There has been an important national conversation around consent and rape culture.

“At the same time, there is increasing consumption and availability of online pornography and sexual violence – it’s time we connected the dots.”

Of the people who took part, 91 per cent said they felt it was too easy for children under 18 to access pornography online.

The majority of participants – 81 per cent – agreed that internet providers should be required by the Government to offer filters to block pornographic content, while 70 per cent of people said internet providers should be blocking porn automatically, unless a person has turned off a filter.

McCoskrie said: “Thanks to the availability, affordability and anonymity of the internet and smartphones, young children are exposed to what used to be referred to as hardcore – but now mainstream – pornography at an alarming rate.

“Parents are crying out for help.”
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Support for internet porn filters
NZ City 30 April 2017
A survey commissioned by lobby group Family First shows support for the automatic blocking of porn by internet providers.

Four out of five people surveyed say internet providers should be required by the government to offer filters to block pornographic material.

While 70 per cent say the providers should automatically block pornography unless the customer opts out by turning off a filter.

“Society is starting to catch up with the science on the harms of pornography, and are now calling for better support and protection of families and young people,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.

About 62 per cent of adults say they have come across pornography online, when not seeking it out, while 91 per cent say that it is too easy for under 18s to access online pornography.

“Thanks to the availability, affordability and anonymity of the internet and smartphones, young children are exposed to what used to be referred to as hard-core – but now mainstream – pornography at an alarming rate. Parents are crying out for help,” says Mr McCoskrie.

The poll of 750 people was undertaken by Curia Market Research in April.
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