Mrs. Joy Smith (Kildonan—St. Paul, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, the “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence” campaign reminds us that violence against women and girls comes in many forms, including pornography. Just last week, here in Ottawa, I hosted leading anti-porn researcher Dr. Gail Dines to address decision-makers on the harms pornography has on youth and children and the merits of an opt-in filter approach.
Pornographic images are becoming extremely violent and have an increasingly harmful effect on its viewers. In fact, on the first day of this campaign, I received a letter from a 10-year-old boy who courageously shared with me his addiction to porn and asked our government to take action.
The facts are sobering: boys who frequently view porn are more likely to be supportive of sexual coercion.
We have a duty to protect our youth from sexual abuse.
We are all part of the solution to end violence against women and girls.
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