Violent porn to become illegal

Under new proposed legislation the possession of violent or extreme pornography would become an offence. Under the new law outlined by Home Office Minister Vernon Coaker, it would become illegal to possess any kind of images defined as depicting scenes of extreme sexual violence.

Sep 21, 2006
By David Howell
Lissie Harper. Picture: PA news agency

Under new proposed legislation the possession of violent or extreme pornography would become an offence. Under the new law outlined by Home Office Minister Vernon Coaker, it would become illegal to possess any kind of images defined as depicting scenes of extreme sexual violence.

The law already bans the possession and distribution of these images, but the new legislation is designed to further curb the rise in accessibility to these images, both online and off. Jim Gamble, chief executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), said legislation is only effective if it changes along with technological advances. This legislation, he said, “builds on the fundamentals of the Obscene Publications Act 1959, and helps take our fight against violent and extreme pornography to where it needs to be”.

The proposals, if adopted, would result in a new offence that would carry a maximum jail term of three years.

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