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Sexualised images and shortened childhoods partly to blame for rise in young WA girls having abortions
· August 16, 2010 10:00 AM
The sexualised media environment and a curtailing of childhood are partly to blame for the
tragic increase in young WA girls having abortions
, the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) said today.
ACL West Australian Director Michelle Pearse said that Australia's broken classification system is linked to the premature sexualisation of children which is in turn linked to teenage and childhood pregnancy.
“Children are continually being bombarded with overtly sexual messages by everything from billboards to films to music videos,” Mrs Pearse said.
“How can we expect young people to make good choices about their sexuality when they are confronted with highly sexualised images and messages every day?
“The pornification of our culture creates an entitlement mentality in men and boys which contributes to the pressure on girls to provide sex.
“It is high time that we recognised that the classification system is broken and that bipartisan commitments are given for a comprehensive review of the classification system across all media.”
Mrs Pearse said she hopes that the WA Government’s plan to improve sex education in schools gives focus to values, self respect and the benefits of abstinence.
“The problem of childhood pregnancy goes far deeper than the issue of contraception. Shadow Child Protection Minister Sue Ellery has told the media that teens need to know about contraception, but what about teaching kids how to be kids and handing back their childhoods which are meant to be enjoyed and not compromised by engaging in sexual activity far too early?”
Mrs Pearse agreed that it's important to teach children and teens about contraception but said that this should not be the primary focus.
“The primary focus should be teaching children and teens the dangers of engaging in sexual activity too early - these dangers include physical as well as emotional harm. Another focus should be on teaching children and teens how to process the highly sexualised images and messages they are presented with through the media.”
“An improved set of standards in our media combined with a values-based approach to sex education would contribute a great deal to enabling children to enjoy the freedom to simply be kids.”
Media Contact: Glynis Quinlan on 0408 875 979
Increase in children sexually abusing children sparks call for review of classification system
· July 26, 2010 10:00 AM
In the face of
of the increasing levels of children sexually abusing other children the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) today called for both major political parties to immediately commit to a comprehensive review of the classification system across all media.
ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said the classification system is broken and that the lack of effective regulation of what is being viewed and read in the community must be acknowledged as at least part of the reason behind the appalling growth in sexualised and sexually abusive behaviour in children.
“Revelations by the Australian Crime Commission’s National Indigenous Task Force that between 40 and 90 per cent of sexual offending against children was committed by other children – and that the problem is not confined to indigenous communities – should deeply concern all Australians and demand an urgent response from our political leaders,” Mr Wallace said.
“There has been widespread acknowledgement of the role of the media environment in sexualising children but despite inquiries and talkfests, nothing gets done.
“Children don’t learn sexualised behaviour in a vacuum and we know that viewing pornography is often associated with this problem. However it goes much further than this, with children continually being bombarded with overtly sexual messages by everything from billboards to films to music videos. When the problem is getting this bad it is time for real action to be taken.”
Mr Wallace said a comprehensive review is needed because Australia’s classification system has not kept pace with technology and is effectively a toothless tiger even when standards are breached – with no real penalties for those involved.
“Growth in technology has meant that Australia’s classification system doesn’t even apply to a range of new media content, such as mobile phone applications. And where the classification system does apply it is completely ineffective – with standards rarely being enforced and the penalties being laughable even when they are.
“By way of example, Classification Board Chairman Donald McDonald told an Estimates Committee in May this year that since July 2009 he had ‘called in’ for classification 440 adult films and 40 adult magazines, but none of those notices had been complied with.
“This just highlights how irrelevant our classification system has become and the need to address a problem which is helping feed an epidemic of sexualised behaviour in children.”
Media Contact: Glynis Quinlan on 0408 875 979
ACL submission to Senate inquiry into sexualisation of children
· April 18, 2008 10:00 AM
to read ACL’s submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Environment, Communications and the Arts Inquiry into the Sexualisation of Children in the Contemporary Media Environment.
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