Extreme porn laws welcomed by Durham University professors

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TWO campaigners have welcomed the Government’s announcement to reform the law on extreme pornography to include images of rape.

Prime Minister David Cameron announced a series of measures to curb online pornography including making the possession of online pornography depicting rape illegal, bringing England and Wales in line with Scotland.

This gap in the current law was identified in the research of Durham University Professors Clare McGlynn and Erika Rackley, in 2009.

They are long-term critics of the previous extreme pornography law and have argued that rape pornography is harmful in creating a cultural climate in which rape is not taken seriously. Currently the extreme pornography legislation excludes the vast majority of pornographic images of rape.

Extreme pornography is defined by the legislation as images of bestiality, necrophilia and serious violence.

Professors McGlynn and Rackley said: “We welcome the announcement that the government intends to take steps to ensure that the possession of all pornographic images of rape is criminalised.

“This will bring the law in England and Wales in line with that in Scotland, where rape porn is already considered extreme pornography.”