Testimony 50

I suspect the use of pornography by students is probably a large contributing factor to the issues brought up. When I was at KEGS, from lower school right up until sixth form, it was normal to share favourite videos, actresses, genres etc., the latter of which could step into the territory of taboo, or rape style content. Whilst in theory there’s nothing wrong with using porn in moderation, the ever-increasing free, untapped and instant access we have to it nowadays, desensitises developing boys, into having unrealistic (and sometimes misogynistic, or even illegal) expectations about women. I’m sure many developed addictions, and this may have fuelled the events described to some degree. On top of this, as a separate issue altogether, the practices of popular sites are morally questionable at best, reprehensible at worst. “Free” pornographic content often leads to women being exploited, as documented time and time again. I don’t know what could potentially be done about this – with it being a personal choice, and usually occurring outside of school, it’s quite a hard thing to regulate. I guess more education could take place to encourage safer/more moderated porn use. As another issue, in any talks we had on social media and nude photos, the emphasis was ALWAYS placed on the person who sent the photo in the first place. Instead of being taught to respect content should we ever receive it, we learnt that if the victim had not sent photos/videos in the first place, then it would not have been shared around. This puts all of the emphasis on the victim instead of the perpetrator of the crime itself.

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