Judge says “It’s important that people understand that the trade in pornography must be stopped…”

A Hamilton judge has labelled a man’s collection of “extreme” sex videos the worst he has encountered in his 37-year legal career.

So bad was the “disgusting” collection – which featured torture, bondage, bestiality and child rape, Judge Robert Spear said a deterrent message had to be sent to others that may follow David Robert Miles‘ “curiosity”, and sentenced him to 13 months’ jail.

“The videos portrayed what might loosely be described as pornography at its most gross level. It involved sex offending involving very young children; it involved bestiality and torture.

“I have to tell you that with some 37 years of appearing or presiding over criminal courts and having to deal with cases of this nature, this is without question the most disgusting material that I have ever had to deal with. [Read more...]

Depictions of extreme sex and violence on TV and in other media… “is a real ticking timebomb”

Secondary School Principals’ Association president Tom Parsons said educators were frustrated by depictions of extreme sex and violence on television and in other media. “This is a real ticking timebomb.” Pornography had “no relation” to normal sexual behaviour, Mr Parsons said.

See full story:  Aggressive porn degrading women. By Paul Easton. 4 November 2013. The Domnion Post p. A7.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/9358277/Aggressive-porn-degrading-women

 

Pop porn: Genre’s sexy antics worse than hard-core pornography, U.K. MPs told

“Sexualized” pop stars are more of a threat to children using the Internet than hard-core pornography, says a U.K. expert on child protection.

Jim Gamble, former head of a British government task force on child protection and chairman of a London-based group for safeguarding children, says “highly sexualized” singers such as Miley Cyrus have a “far greater” impact on young people than the worst kinds of pornography.

Addressing a government committee on culture, media and sports, he told MPs that unlike pornography, there is “no filter” for children’s viewing of such celebrities.

“I think there is far too great focus and emphasis on (the online pornography) side of the debate,” Gamble said. “If you look at Miley Cyrus, if you look at some of the other pop stars and their behaviour, that has a far greater and much more easily accessible influence on young people today than actually seeing adult, or hard-core, pornography, for that matter.

 

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/music/porn+Genre+sexy+antics+worse+than+hard+core/9109175/story.html#ixzz2jQDU5hFO

 

Family Life International – a registered charity – explains what’s wrong with pornography

Family Life International, a charity registered by the New Zealand Charities Commission, has published a clear response to the question “What’s wrong with pornography?”

It is noteworthy that the Charities Commission, headed by Mr Trevor Garrett, has stringent policies in place outlawing the dissemination, viewing, transmission and possession of “pornography” in the work place by its employees, including such activities involving workplace computers. The SPCS commends the management of the Commission for putting such policies in place and ensuring that employees in breach of these policies are dismissed and/or severely sanctioned.

Overview [of FLI article]: Thanks to the focused and concentrated efforts of pornography moguls like Playboy magazine’s Hugh Hefner, pornography has now become mainstream fare on television, film and in literature. In fact it has become so prolific that those who express their disdain for pornography are looked down upon with suspicion and ridicule.

Magazines like Playboy which were once considered gross obscenity are now touted as a cultural rite of passage, or even a form of modern art. The most frightening aspect of pornography is that it is so widely accepted while the research regarding its true effects on society and the human person is almost completely ignored.

For full article see: http://www.fli.org.nz/Home/Pornography/tabid/2031/Default.aspx

Community Standards breached – Prison staff caught using work internet to view porn

Prison staff caught using work internet to view porn. Dominion Post 14 February 2012

Corrections staff are using work computers to get porn and access high-profile prisoners’ details.

Despite the breaches, provided to The Dominion Post under the Official Information Act, none of the staff involved were fired and some – caught accessing high-profile prisoners’ files without authority – were not given official warnings.

Three staff got verbal warnings for accessing prisoners details, which they were not allowed to see. Five were given warnings for accessing sexually explicit and offensive material. Of those, two had been circulating pornography and other offensive material.

Corrections could not say what pornography had been viewed on staff computers but said all pornographic sites were blocked, meaning the offensive images would have been emailed in.

“Final written warnings were issued to three staff for viewing sexually explicit images,” a Corrections spokesman said. “The department’s web filter is designed to block access to pornographic websites – and other sites like Trade Me or for social networking – so the images tend to be sent to work computers via email.

“Often the images are embedded in the likes of Word or Excel documents that are picked up by our content filter once they are opened.

“Staff can be warned about accessing images that are deemed inappropriate or offensive, but may not be pornographic. Repeat breaches can result in written warnings and eventually dismissal.”

One staff member was given a verbal warning for using the department’s Integrated Offender Management System to “inappropriately” view records of high-profile prisoners out of curiosity. No records were altered.

Other staff members who did the same were not given warnings.

Two further written warnings were issued for staff using the internal computer system to look up information then acting on it inappropriately.

Corrections said they were minor breaches but, citing privacy reasons, would not elaborate.

“Thousands of our staff access the internet and our IOMS system every day for legitimate work purposes. With only eight breaches over the course of a year we believe the level of abuse is very low.

“There have been a small number of cases we deem serious and take immediate action.”

Peter Tomlinson, lawyer for double murderer Graeme Burton, said he did not know whether his client had records accessed inappropriately. However, the bigger problem was staff taking action on information obtained improperly. This could include using it to gain power over a prisoner, or releasing it to other prisoners, potentially exposing them to increased danger.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/6405809/Prison-staff-caught-using-work-internet-to-view-porn

Stoty by Tom Hunt