TOP TV Statement on Porn Cites False Research - 19 January 2012

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Top TV has cited research in their latest press statement (18 January 2012) which has long since been disproved. In their press release Top TV said pornography is "not only harmless, but it also reduces incidence of sex crimes in communities and in countries where people have free, non-stigmatised access to it".

"It is concerning that TOP TV is misleading the public and is promoting the use of pornography through this press statement and the marketing of their porn channels," says Taryn Hodgson, International Co-ordinator of the Christian Action Network.

The US Attorney General Commission's Report on Pornography demonstrated clear links between the availability of pornography and the incidence of rape.

A Danish researcher advocated porn as a "safety valve" for potential sex offenders claiming that when the Danish government lifted restrictions on porn in 1969, the number of sex crimes decreased. This has long since been disproved. In fact, the more serious types of sex crimes such as rape actually increased in number and rate following the legalization of pornography in Denmark. (1)

The notion that sex crimes dropped was illusory and due to the fact that a number of sex crimes, including homosexual prostitution, extra-marital incest between close relatives, voyeurism (peeping), and "indecency toward women" or frottage, were decriminalized at the time pornography was legalized, giving the appearance of a decrease in the overall rate of sex crimes. Because they were no longer counting any of those sex offences (which, of course, were still continuing to occur) in their new summaries of sex crime statistics, it appeared that the incidence of sex crimes was dropping.

Also, one investigator, B. Kutchinsky, found that there were unofficial changes in the handling by police of those sex crimes that remained, which also reduced their "reported" incidence, further creating an illusion of decreased sex offences. (2)


TOP TV claimed in their licence application to ICASA that they would not be showing any X18 rated content on their channels. The Christian Action Network raised the following questions in their submission at the ICASA's public hearings on Monday (16 Jan):

"Has anyone viewed these channels to check if this is true? How will this be monitored? What guarantee will we have that they won't slip in X18 material or even XX and child porn material?

"XX material frequently contains images of women being physically harmed and called derogatory names - amounting to hate speech. This is a violation of women's Constitutional rights to dignity and equality.

"One cannot rely on the BCCSA public complaint system for X18, XX or child porn to be reported. Porn addicts are unlikely to report such violations of the BCCSA and Film and Publications Act. The police cannot watch the channels 24/7. The damage would be done before any complaints were made.

"As a self-regulated body the Broadcasting Complaints Commission (BCCSA) has no legal teeth to deal with violations of the BCCSA Code. This makes a mockery of the Film and Publications Act and the intention of Parliament in controlling harmful and unconstitutional material. Broadcasters are exempt from the administrative provisions of the Film and Publications Act but not the criminal provisions."


TOP TV's statement also cited "Dr Eve's" comment that TOP TV's porn channel plans are a "bold move". Dr Eve has encouraged married couples listening to Radio 702 to use porn.

"Dr Eve never mentions how women are exploited and abused in the making of porn or the high suicide rate of those in the porn industry. Ex porn performers such as Shelley Lubben have testified to this. Watching porn is viewing drugged, bruised prostitutes," responded Hodgson.

"It is for the above reasons and many more that we believe ICASA should not grant TOP TV a licence to broadcast porn channels."

Contact Christian Action Network international co-ordinator, Taryn Hodgson: (021) 689 4480 or 072 215 4801 or E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Footnotes:

1. J.H. Court, "Pornography & Sex Crimes." International Journal of Criminology & Penology, 1977.

2. B. Kutchinsky, "Toward an Explanation of the Decrease in Registered Sex Crimes in Copenhagen." Tech. Report of Commission of Obscenity and Pornography, 1971 cited in Dr Victor Cline, Pornography's Effects on Adults & Children, 1993.

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