Ministry of Health wants more research into impact of pornography

TVNZ One News 30 March 2018
Family First Comment: The Ministry of Health supports our call for an Inquiry into the health harms of pornography…
“It’s estimated that 80 percent of online porn content is sexually violent, which creates mixed messages. Blurring boundaries around consent cohesion changing sexual expectations changing sexual raptures and behaviours.”
www.PornInquiry.nz

The Ministry of Health wants more research into pornography, saying it’s become “more extreme, deviant and violent over the last two decades”.

The Ministry has submitted a research proposal for the consideration of the cross government Sexual Violence Prevention Advisory Board, which is a part of the cross government Family and Sexual Violence programme.

Australian research shows that 28 percent of children have viewed porn by age 11, increasing to 93 percent of boys and 62 percent of girls by age 16.

The Ministry’s Service Commissioning Acting Director Keriana Brooking says it wants to understand the scope and amount of porn usage by New Zealanders, as well as the issues encountered by schools, young people and health providers.
READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/ministry-health-wants-more-research-into-impact-pornography

Ministry of Health submission says porn has become more violent
Radio NZ News 31 March 2018
The Ministry of Health says pornography is becoming increasingly violent.

In a submission to a Parliamentary committee, the Ministry said 80 percent of online pornography depicted violence towards women and girls.

That violence was often met with indifference or, in some cases, pleasure from the female actors.

Sex therapist Mary Hodson said she was concerned what message that was sending to impressionable teenage viewers, with Australian research finding that by 11, 28 percent of children have viewed pornographic material.

“The influences of porn happens at a time when they’re intensely curious about sexuality,” she said.

“That curiosity is tied in also with being uncomfortable about it and knowing that their bodies are starting to change.”

Ms Hodson said viewing porn at such a young age would negatively affect relationships in later life.
READ MORE: https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/353824/ministry-of-health-submission-says-porn-has-become-more-violent

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