After porn-fuelled murders -- new calls to "package" porn, like cigarettes

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After porn-fuelled murders -- new calls to "package" porn, like cigarettes

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After porn-fuelled murders -- new calls to "package" porn, like cigarettes

Just a couple of days ago, the details of the heinous murder and dismemberment of Bristol sixteen-year-old, Becky Watts, were revealed to the public in all their terrible detail.

The BBC reported that Becky's murderer, Nathan Matthews (28), committed this atrocity during a "sexually motivated kidnap plot", while the Daily Telegraph described his poisonous diet of violent internet pornography.

Indeed, police discovered 21 pornographic movies - one of which depicts a victim being beaten - along with 236 pornographic images on Matthews' laptop. And, he had even bookmarked 38 pages, connected to porn and "escort services", on his phone.

Perhaps most telling of all, during an interview with police, Matthews describes himself as an "emotionally unstable, psychologically disturbed, metrosexual Neanderthal."

These are the hallmarks of a sick individual. But, if we are honest, we must also admit that Matthews has been enabled, in his sickness, by easy-access to online pornography.

This is not the first time this has happened. Recent pornography-inspired murders include that of April Jones (5) by Mark Bridger, and that of Tia Sharp (12) by Stuart Hazell.

This must stop.

Although, the Government has taken steps to ban violent pornography and to safe-guard online anti-porn filters from EU interference, it must now do more to address the issue of easy-access.

One novel way of tackling the easy-access problem is to require that all pornography websites be accessed only by first going through an official Government landing page - warning of the ill effects of pornography on individuals and society.

This Government landing page for porn sites could be designed to have much the same effect as new cigarette packaging, with warnings about the damage to individuals and society.

Every porn site could be identified and "packaged" - again, the user would have to go through an official Government landing page (with warnings) before being allowed to access the porn site. In this way, both the porn industry, as well as the individual seeking to use porn, would be subjected to greater scrutiny.

Whereas the total elimination of porn as an online pursuit and an industry is to be desired, this might be a good start. The hope would be to elicit self-restraint in the user and a greater appreciation for the harm which porn can cause.

Building a larger cultural movement, where porn is naturally rejected as a worthless and damaging pursuit, is a key strategy in this struggle over human dignity. But, for the moment, good laws can have immediate, good effects. And, other measures can be developed over time.

Even if you are not from the UK, you are welcome to sign this petition. We would like to see some of these legal innovations take root in the UK, as it could lead the way for the rest of the world.

Thank you for considering and signing this petition.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

This is a very general story about the conviction in Becky Watts' case - http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-34790804

This is a news article on a Government effort to protect children from porn - http://www.christian.org.uk/news/pm-anti-porn-filters-will-remain-despite-euro-vote/

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After porn-fuelled murders, new calls to "package" porn, like cigarettes

Dear Mr Prime Minister, Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Mr Secretary of State for Justice, Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Mr Attoney General, Rt Hon Jeremy Wright QC MP, and Ms Home Secretary, Rt Hon Theresa May MP:

The gruesome details of Becky Watts' (16) murder have been made public, and we now know about the violent, porn-fuelled fantasies of the murderer, Nathan Matthews (28).

Tragically, this is not the first time that pornography has played a major role in the murder of other young girls - like, Tia Sharp (12) and April Jones (5). +RIP

This must stop.

Freedom does not translate into "licence". And, porn is not a victimless pursuit; for, even when it is not violent, it turns people (women, more often than not) into sexual objects.

Therefore, in order to protect our children, teens and young adults - as well as adults of every age! - from the harmful effects of easily-accessible, online pornography, strong restrictions are now required.

Although the Government has taken steps to ban violent pornography and to safe-guard online anti-porn filters from EU interference, it must now do more to address the issue of easy-access.

One novel way of tackling the easy-access problem is to require that all pornography websites be accessed only by first going through an official Government landing page - warning of the ill effects of pornography on individuals and society.

This Government landing page for porn sites could be designed to have much the same effect as new cigarette packaging, with warnings about the damage to individuals and society. In this way, both the porn industry, as well as the individual seeking to use porn, would be subjected to greater scrutiny.

The hope would be to elicit self-restraint in the user and a greater appreciation for the harm which porn can cause.

Building a larger cultural movement, where porn is naturally rejected as a worthless and damaging pursuit, is a key strategy in this struggle over human dignity. But, for the moment, good laws can have immediate, good effects. And, other measures can be developed over time.

For the moment, however, the Government needs to take swift action so as to do everything it can do to protect society from predators who, stoked by easily-accessible internet pornography, are living out their perverted and homocidal sexual fantasies.

Requiring new, cigarette-type "packaging" for porn - in the form of an official Government landing page, with explicit warnings about the potential harm caused by the viewing of porn - would be a step in the right direction.

This is not an issue for the Right or the Left. This is a societal issue which we need to face up to.

Thank you for your serious consideration.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

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