Resolutions Communique - Action required
|Date:||January 12, 2018|
|To:||Parish Council Presidents|
|CC:||Sharon Malec, Provincial Chairperson of Resolutions|
|From:||Diane Miedema, Calgary Diocesan Chairperson of Resolutions|
|Subject:||Children’s Access to Online Pornography – A Call To Action!|
Dear Parish Council Presidents,
This issue exemplifies the importance of League resolutions and their value to society. A resolution has exposed a serious issue that can detrimentally affect children’s cognitive development and wellbeing, with lasting negative effects into adulthood. This “Call to Action” implores all members to send an email to our federally elected officials to help achieve positive results.
As women, we should be appalled by the increased prevalence, violence and toxicity of online pornography. Likewise, as daughters, parents and grandparents, we should be disturbed that children of any age have “unrestricted” access to this corrupting material via cell phones, tablets and computers – while at home or in private and public facilities. Despite internet filtering and monitoring systems available to parents, children can accidentally – or deliberately be exposed to pornography while using electronic devices for social media, gaming, information searches, etc.
For many decades, women have been crusading for gender equality, dignity and respect. Not only can online pornography become addictive; it targets, degrades and objectifies women, men and vulnerable children. Viewing violent, degrading and sexually explicit content can induce a culture of sexual assault, violence, and related bullying. It can lead to distorted views of sexuality, resulting in destructive behavior and relationships, low self-worth, suicide, etc. Its unrestricted online access is detrimental to all members of society – men, women and children.