Criminalising 16-18 year olds

A politically charged moral panic over young people’s attitudes to sexuality is leading to Internet censorship and the labelling of ordinary young people as sex offenders. Numerous children are ending up with criminal records or being terrorised by the Police in the UK because prosecutions intended to halt child abuse are being used to instigate the abuse of normal teenage behaviour through the criminal justice system. young people who are threatened with criminal prosecution for possessing sexually explicit images of themselves and shared consensually on digital media we will help fund effective defences by experts such as Myles Jackman when support available under legal aid is inadequate, and develop arguments for a review of existing legislation Is Your Porn Legal? Did you know it is illegal to possess ‘extreme pornography’? This includes adult pornography deemed realistic, explicit and depicting at least one of these things: • an act which threatens a person’s life, • an act which results, or is likely to result, in serious injury to a person’s anus, breasts or genitals, • an act which involves sexual interference with a human corpse, or • a person performing an act of intercourse or oral sex with an animal (whether dead or alive). This includes pretend acts and acts that are both legal and consensual to perform. Police have charged people over images of fisting, urethral sounding and (bizarrely) wearing gasmasks. No alternative sex act is entirely safe

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