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Academics welcome change on ‘rape porn’ law

ACADEMICS from Durham University have welcomed a Government announcement that so-called “rape porn” is to be criminalised.

The change in the law follows campaign #banrapeporn led by the End Violence Against Women Coalition, which saw an online petition attract more than 72,000 signatures of support.

Ministers now say it will be outlawed in the new Criminal Justice and Courts Bill.

Professors Clare McGlynn and Erika Rackley, of Durham Law School, have been vocal critics of current extreme pornography laws and say that they need changing.

In research published in 2009 they argued that the failure of the law to include rape pornography represented a “missed opportunity” to take strong action against the normalisation of sexual violence.

Professor McGlynn said: “We welcome the Government’s recognition that rape pornography normalises and glorifies sexual violence: rape pornography is a form of cultural harm.

“The law must be reformed because rape pornography provides the context in which sexual violence is not taken seriously.”

 

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