Does Child Pornography Cause Sexual Violence?

In the wake of Mark Bridger being found guilty of murdering 5-year-old April Jones which was proven to be a sexually motivated murder after Bridger looked at indecent images of child pornography and rape online, it raised the question whether pornography is the cause of sexual violence.

MPs and children’s charities today have condemned Google and internet service providers to block violent and child pornography online after details of the murder of April Jones emerged.

But how can this be possible when you can go on a site that then links to other sites which makes it easier for people to find these disturbing images eventually.

Speaking on Radio 4’s Today Programme this morning, John Carr, a Government adviser and member of the Internet Task Force on Child Protection, said “Google are the biggest players. If they were to block it, others would follow.”

It might seem impossible to block these sites but as the internet is still rather new and technology is always developing, there should be a way to clamp down on these extreme sites and I think google and internet service providers should do something practical in order to ban these sites.

Adult pornography is one thing but child pornography or rape is another which is not porn. It is not something we should put 18+ and censor it. It is something we should ban entirely because violence of any kind, is not something to be glorified and with how accessible these images and videos are now, explains why Mark Bridger and Stuart Hazell who was also found guilty last month for killing 12-year-old Tia Sharp, fuelled their fantasies by looking at those images which then motivated them to act in the same way which lead to murder.

I am not saying it is entirely the internet’s fault but it definitely plays a part and I hope that this leads to effective measures to stop any repeated or similar cases from happening again.

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