Protest Outside Sexpo - 14 May 2009


Along with other pro-family groups and churches, members of the Christian Action Network will be protesting outside the Sexpo, held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre tomorrow (Friday, 15 May) from 12:00 – 14:00 (outside the main entrance to the CTICC, Coen Steytler Street).

“The Sexpo touts porn and strippers as harmless entertainment or ‘fun’. We are concerned that thousands of members of the public will be lured into experimenting with porn and to attending strip clubs which are hubs for criminal activity including prostitution.”

“Pornography is as addictive and destructive as drugs. Drugs are illegal, porn should be too.”

“We will be handing literature to customers entering the Sexpo warning of the destructiveness of porn to society,” says Taryn Hodgson, International Co-ordinator of the Christian Action Network.

“Those who say that there is no proof that porn causes harm are either ignorant or willfully deceived.

“It would be unethical to expose human beings to large doses of pornography, monitor them and their behaviour to the point where the sexual crime is committed and then analyse this process. This cannot be done on ethical grounds. Pro-pornographers capitalise on this. Similarly, a researcher cannot give someone 30 cigarettes per day for 20 years and then monitor the process of them getting lung cancer, but there are many other ways of linking the causes and effects. Edward Donnerstein, a leading experimental researcher in the field of pornography, points out, “relationship between sexually violent images in the media and subsequent aggression is much stronger statistically than the relationship between smoking and cancer.

“Just one article by Catherine Itzin, reviews over 150 studies that prove links between harm and pornography.

“Many who ignorantly believe that there is no evidence that porn is harmful have imbibed the lies of the porn industry, which with its massive financial resources, funds public relations firms to establish ‘anti-censorship lobby groups’ with a ‘freedom of speech’ argument,” says Hodgson.

Considering the extremely high incidents of rape, child abuse and sexual violence against women, the Network believes it is unacceptable that the City of Cape Town should host such a Sexpo in our premier Convention Centre in the very centre of Town, at the busiest intersection and entrance to the Waterfront.

“The Sexpo glamorizes and normalizes an industry that promotes the exploitation, objectification and degrading of women.”

A recent Noseweek report described how women at well known South African strip clubs are kept in a suburbian homes under “lock and key”. A large percentage of the women “working” at such places are lured under false pretences of lucrative job offers from countries such as Bulgaria, Romania and Russia. Their passports are then taken away and they are intimidated into obedience to the pimp’s wishes. This is nothing less than slavery. Most strip clubs function as brothels and are hubs for crime syndicates, drug dealers and money laundering. Some of these strip clubs have stalls at the Sexpo.

 A church group (not part of the Christian Action Network) has been allowed to have a free stall promoting marriage enrichment courses and counselling inside the Sexpo. Reportedly, several couples visiting the Sexpo have already signed up for the marriage enrichment course run by the church.

“The family is the basic building block of society, and it is suicidal for any society to tolerate, let alone promote, such an exploitative industry. Allowing such an event to use the Convention Centre close to the heart of our city will pour fuel on the fires of sexual abuse and exploitation,” Hodgson says.

"Jesus said to his disciples: 'Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come. It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. So watch yourselves.'" Luke 17:1-3

 CONTACT: International Co-ordinator of the Christian Action Network, Taryn Hodgson on 072 215 4801 or 021-689 4480, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Christian Action P.O.Box 23632 Claremont 7735 Cape Town South Africa [email protected] - 021-689-4481 -
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