The House of Commons unanimously passed a motion instructing the Health Committee to study the impact of violent online pornography Dec. 8. Photo courtesy of A Yee via Flickr [https://flic.kr/p/diDhPZ]

House of Commons' Health Committee to study impact of violent porn

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  • December 13, 2016

OTTAWA – The House of Commons unanimously passed a Conservative MP’s motion Dec. 8 instructing the Commons’ Health Committee to study the impact of violent online pornography.

Conservative MP Arnold Viersen’s Motion 47 asks the committee to “examine the public health effects of the ease of access and viewing of online violent and degrading sexually explicit material on children, women and men,” with a report on its findings no later than next July.

Viersen said he expects a collegial approach by the Health Committee.

“This is a huge issue and we need to have people from all parties looking at the issue and coming up with solutions,” he said. “The committee will be coming up with its own recommendations.”

Liberal MP Bill Casey, who chairs the Health Committee, could not say when the study will begin. The committee is already engaged in three studies, he said, looking at the opioid crisis, blood donation rules and development of a national pharmacare program.

Viersen told the House that boys and girls are being taught “by a multi-billion dollar industry that sexual violence is normal and acceptable. This has to stop.”

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