University academics call for new laws on extreme porn

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LAWS covering extreme pornography should be reformed to criminalise the possession of images of rape, according to experts at Durham Law School.

Professors Clare McGlynn and Erika Rackley spoke as a new report was published by the End Violence Against Women Coalition, entitled Deeds or Words?

Professors McGlynn and Rackley have argued for several years for the reform of the extreme pornography legislation to include the possession of rape pornography.

Professor Rackley said: “The extreme pornography legislation is in urgent need of reform. The current law excludes of the vast majority of pornographic images of rape.

“Pornographic images of rape are easily and freely accessible online.

“Some pro-rape pornography images revel in the distress of women, enticing viewers with claims that ‘these girls say no but we say yes’.”

Professor McGlynn said: “The criminalisation of the possession of pornographic images of rape can be justified because of the cultural harm of this form of extreme pornography.”