Backpage.com update, Silicon Valley Parent’s Advice, Porn’s link to Violence…
As we close on March, we want to keep you informed on several new developments involving keeping our children safe from online threats.
EIE Statement on Congress’s decision regarding Backpage.com
Enough Is Enough applauds the unanimous decision by the U.S. Senate last week to hold Backpage.com in contempt of Congress. It is essential that Backpage be accountable for the company’s culpability in child sex trafficking, child prostitution and other crimes. Groups like ours have been raising awareness for years about the blatant irresponsibility of Backpage to allow ads that clearly facilitate the sexual exploitation of children and women. Enough is enough!
Keeping Our Children Safe Online- Silicon Valley Parents Speak Out
Parents have been seeking help from EIE on how to prevent the exploitation of children online for the past 2 decades. Recently, The Guardian had an article examining how Silicon Valley technology executives keep their own children safe online. One parent said their first piece of advice was to train their children how to properly use social media sites, while other parents restricted which sites their child visits, while keeping tabs of their online viewing history and mobile devices.
European Survey Says…
A recent survey from the Journal of Interpersonal Violence studied the relationship between viewing pornography and violent and abusive behavior in young men. The findings are quite revealing, as the number of those who viewed online pornography reported being more violent in relationships and having negative attitude towards females.
“Boys’ perpetration of sexual coercion and abuse was significantly associated with regular viewing of online pornography. Viewing online pornography was also associated with a significantly increased probability of having sent sexual images/messages for boys in nearly all countries. In addition, boys who regularly watched online pornography were significantly more likely to hold negative gender attitudes.”
Internet pornography harms children and teens. Thank you for your continued support of our crucial efforts to end its grasp on young minds.
Amy and Vicky Act Update
Last year, the U.S. Senate passed the Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act of 2015, on a vote of 98-0. While this Act made it through the U.S. Senate, the act has been set aside to die in the House Judiciary Committee. Without further legislative action, there have been frustrations voiced from the federal courts and victims of child pornography have been denied compensation for the injuries inflicted upon them. Without criminal restitution, many victims must rely on taxpayer-funded public assistance while wealthy defendants serve a few years (in any time) in a minimum security taxpayer-funded prison and return to a life of relative comfort and privilege.
Victims deserve justice – and criminals deserve stiffer penalties for the crimes committed. Please reach out to your Congressman and urge him/her to support S.295 / H.R.595, the Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act of 2015.
Enough Is Enough on Social Media
Please remember to share this newsletter to your online circle. Thanks in advance!
- Posted in: Uncategorized