Media Release: Schoolgirl 'Crush Porn' Paid Rape Rape With the Camera Running (18 June 2014)

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Obscene and Cruel

The recent scandal exposed in Cape Town newspapers involving local schoolgirls filmed performing sexual acts mixed with cruel acts of insects and fish being crushed, is shocking, but not surprising considering the prevalence of porn in the media, says Taryn Hodgson, author of Porndemic and International Co-ordinator of the Christian Action Network.

Pornified

“My book Porndemic, details how, since the legalisation of porn in 1996, South Africa has become more pornified than anyone could have predicted. Children are not only viewing porn, but now do not even think twice about being payed for filmed sexual acts, or producing their own porn videos.”

Porn is Regressive

“Sexual acts depicted in a context of violence is evidence of the exploitative and often violent nature of porn. Like an addiction to drugs, porn addiction is progressive. The addict requires increasing amounts of deviant or peverse sexual acts to get the same high, hence the cruelty.

Porn and Violence

“Much of mainstream porn contains images of women being physically harmed and called derogatory names. Porn should be called paid rape with the camera running.

“Research has found that the sexual objectification of women is found implicitly to encourage, normalise and legitimise attitudes associated with discrimination and violence against women and girls. This is of grave concern when we live in a country in which a woman is raped every 23 seconds.

“Indeed, recent research has exposed the language of sexually explicit magazines to be indistinguishable from language used by convicted rapists when talking about women.

High Suicide Rate of Those in the Porn Industry

“Women are usually exploited and abused in the making of porn. The high suicide rate of those in the porn industry should also be noted. Ex porn performers such as Shelley Lubben have testified to this.

Violence Against Women

“The links between a ‘sex object culture’, discrimination and violence against women are recognised at the international level by the legally binding United Nations Convention to Eliminate Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), to which South Africa is a signatory. CEDAW prescribes its signatories to take action against the objectification of women. Similarly the UK-based End Violence Against Women coalition has called on the UK government to tackle the sexualisation of women and girls because it provides a “conducive context” for violence against women.

Action Needed

“We trust that the girls involved receive adequate counselling and discipline from their parents and school. The male producer who payed the girls to perform in these videos should be arrested for producing child pornography.

“The public should not need to have to wage campaigns such as submissions and protests merely to avoid having pornographic material forced on them. The time, energy and effort that individuals and community groups need to use to protest E-TV and Top TV’s porn, for example, is a case in point.

“It is high time that SA Internet Service Providers follow the UK’s example and agree to automatically block porn on the Internet for all their users. All pornography should be crimnalised. Women should be respected and protected from exploitation.”

Taryn Hodgson is the author of Porndemic: How the Pornography Plague Affects You and What You Can Do About It. She gives multi-media Fight the New Drug presentations at schools and churches.

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. .

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