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“Gang rape”, “forced” or “abused”: 50% of porn is offered as violent content

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The Consell de l’Audiovisual de Catalunya (CAC) has warned that 50% of pornographic video websites include videos with representations of sexual acts without the woman’s consent, with terms such as “rape”, “gang rape”, “abused” or “forced”, easily accessible to minors.

Almost all of the websites also include humiliating expressions for women, with degrading qualifiers such as “slut, bitch, firecracker, whore, slut, fool or slut”.

This is one of the main conclusions of a CAC report, which has had the collaboration of the Official College of Psychology of Catalonia, and which also confirms that the Pornographic video websites do not have any effective system for verifying the age of the person who accesses them.despite the provisions of a European Directive, this organization has reported in a statement.

sexist violence

The president of the CAC, Roger Loppacher, has denounced that “minors have access, without any restriction, to numerous contents that, even if they are fiction, transmit a story that can normalize inequality and even acts of sexist violence. “A particularly serious fact that can harm their development.”

The report also shows that Twitter includes adult content without any effective restrictions for minorswhile it has not been found that YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok offer pornography.

According to the CAC study, only 10% of websites ask if the person is of legal agebut without any real filtering system, so answering “yes” already allows access.

32.5% of these pages introduces messages that warn of the presence of content for adultsalthough it does so in inconspicuous parts of the screen and once they have already been accessed.

Mechanisms to avoid it

Faced with this situation, Roger Loppacher has asked “the immediate transposition of the European audiovisual services directive and that effective measures be established in this regulation to prevent minors from accessing the contents pornographic audiovisuals on the Internet and regulatory provisions to ensure that this is fulfilled”.

The president of the CAC has also opted to spread among families the possibilities that offer parental control filters and to reinforce sexual education that combats stereotypes of sexist violence and objectification of women.

For the deputy secretary of the Government Board and coordinator of the Committee on Childhood and Adolescence of the Official College of Psychology of Catalonia, Roger Ballescà Ruiz, “the report shows a serious and absolutely unacceptable situation, since it violates the rights of children and puts their healthy development at risk“.

According to Ballescà, “For years now, pornography has been normalized among children and young people., and it is becoming an important sexual pattern in which many reflect. Unfortunately, this pattern shows very worrying characteristics.”

Among other, “imposes a sexuality inappropriate for one’s age, encourages early and decontextualized sexual relations, contributes to increasing cases of sexual abuse and encourages behavior related to gender stereotypes and aggressive sexual behavior and sexist violence.

Consequences in minors

The Audiovisual Communication Services Directive (EU) 2018/1808 establishes that member states will adopt “appropriate measures” to prevent access by minors to content offered by communication service providers that may harm their physical, mental or moral development.

In the case of those most harmful contents, which include pornography, establishes that the measures to be adopted will be stricter.

The CAC has sent the report to the Government of Catalonia and the Parliament, and has addressed the companies that own the websites and social networks analyzed in the report to warn them of the absence of adequate filtering mechanisms to prevent minors may have access to adult content.

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