Criminalise possession of ‘rape porn’, campaigners urge David Cameron

Anti-rape groups have written to PM arguing that such material ‘glorifies, trivialises and normalises’ abuse of females.

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Criminalise possession of ‘rape porn’, campaigners urge David Cameron

More than a hundred anti-rape groups and campaigners have written to the prime minister urging him to make it a criminal offence to possess internet pornography depicting rape.

They argue that such material “glorifies, trivialises and normalises” the abuse of women and girls, and note that both Mark Bridger and Stuart Hazell – recently convicted of murdering April Jones and Tia Sharpe respectively – were users of “violent and misogynistic pornography”.

In their letter to David Cameron, the campaigners also cite US research, which they say has long demonstrated a significant link between “arousal to rape material and a propensity to rape”.

Possession of such material is already an offense in Scotland and could be similarly outlawed in England and Wales if the government closes a loophole in the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, they say.

Although it has been illegal to publish pornographic portrayals of rape for decades in the UK, existing legislation does not cover material uploaded abroad and outside British jurisdiction.

See on The Guardian.