UK Groups Making the Same Points Julie Meadows is So Opposed To

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You know the Julie Meadows mantra already. Every time Meadows voices concerns about Measure B, she talks about how porn performers are compared to animals. Which is not the context of the argument that was offered by AHF and Mark McGrath. Well lookie here, lookie her at this story out of the UK:

from – David Cameron must close a legal loophole to ban possession of pornographic images that promote sexual violence against women and girls, they say.

In a letter published in The Daily Telegraph, the groups warn that the possession of images depicting rape, such as those entitled “schoolgirl rape” or “teen slut rape”, are legal so long as the actors are over the age of 18.

But pictures of necrophilia and bestiality are illegal to possess, according to the letter, signed by Mumsnet, the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, the Trades Union Congress, rape crisis centres, and academics at Durham University.

The warning comes as Maria Miller, the Culture Secretary, hosts a summit with internet companies including Google and Facebook to prevent “offensive” and “dangerous” online material causing harm.

However, a group of internet service providers yesterday rejected the government’s demand to apply adult content filters to all web services as a “default” setting.

In their letter, the women’s groups call on the government to take “urgent action against violent and misogynistic pornography” online.

“We specifically want the Government to close a loophole in the pornography legislation which allows the lawful possession in England and Wales of pornographic images that depict rape, so long as the actors are over 18,” they say.

“Depictions of necrophilia and bestiality are criminalised by the same legislation, meaning that animals and dead people are better protected than women and girls.

“A change in the English law would send a clear message that it is illegal to possess pornographic images that promote sexual violence against women.”

The groups say they are “dismayed” that the loophole continues to exist, especially at a time of heightened concern over the links between the proliferation of internet pornography and attacks on children.

Mark Bridger, who was convicted of murdering five-year-old April Jones, and Stuart Hazell, who murdered Tia Sharp, 12, were both found to have viewed child pornography online.

Children’s watchdogs have also found that boys’ attitudes to women and girls were in danger of being shaped by their easy access to pornography online.

Tuesday’s summit will focus on a crackdown on child pornography online.

Mrs Miller, who is responsible for media regulation, will be chairing the meeting, which is expected to be attended by the main internet service providers, mobile companies and online giants such as Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Facebook, and Twitter.

Speaking before the meeting, Mrs Miller promised “unrelenting” pressure on the firms to do more to close down online child pornography.

“Child abuse images are horrific and widespread public concern has made it clear that the industry must take action,” she said.

“Enough is enough. In recent days we have seen these companies rush to do more because of the pressure of an impending summit.

“Imagine how much more can be done if they seriously turn their minds to tackling the issue.”

The firms will be asked to return to a meeting in Whitehall “before the autumn” to present plans for how they will cut out offensive content.

However, companies providing internet services in Britain have already rejected a call from the Prime Minister’s adviser to impose parental filters for adult content as a default setting when viewing content online.

The Internet Service Providers Association said it remained opposed to default filtering because it “can be circumvented and lead to over- or under-blocking” of offensive web pages.

In the last few week, Google has announced £4 million of funding for measures to address internet pornography and major internet service providers have promised to display pop up warnings when web users seek to access child abuse websites.

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