Pornography harms children and young people in numerous ways. In March 2017, eChildhood published a Statement of Research Relating to Pornography Harms to Children. This statement was endorsed by key academics and other health professionals, including Dr Gail Dines. The following areas of impact were outlined:
- Poor mental health
- Sexism and objectification
- Sexual aggression and violence
- Child-on-child sexual abuse
- Shaping sexual behaviours
The below journal article abstracts are a selection of researched harms, including some of those referenced in the Statement of Research. Each abstract is #hashtagged with relevant areas explored by the research.
The literature varies in its ability to show if pornography directly causes mental health issues or instead; conditions are correlational (existed prior to viewing); or a combination of both. However, the literature consistently links the viewing of violent pornography to increased tendencies for sexually aggressive behaviour. These studies identify significant areas that require action to prevent harms in children and young people’s health, mental-health, physical safety, and wellbeing, and as a part of broader societal effects to prevent violence against women.
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