The government aims to limit youth access to pornographic websites

The Minister of Justice is seeking to limit access to pornographic websites for children and adolescents as part of a “breakthrough” strategy to combat domestic, sexual and gender-based violence.

Helen McKenty said pornographic websites have changed the way young people view sexual relationships, adding that the government has to deal with them.

McKenty said he couldn’t block all pornographic sites, but the minister would work with children and parents through education and public relations campaigns to raise awareness of the harms of pornography.

She said pornography and sex trade promote misogyny and violence against women and undermine gender equality.

This is part of a € 363 million strategy to combat domestic, sexual and gender-based violence, including doubling the number of shelters nationwide from 141 to 282. increase.

The five-year strategy is based on four pillars: protection, prevention, prosecution, and policy coordination, and includes 144 actions.

At the launch on Tuesday, Ms. McKenty said the government can carry out its strategy, but all men and women need to play their part to achieve zero tolerance for domestic and gender-based violence. Said.

The Minister of the Fine Gael said there was more work to be done to address access to youth porn sites.

“We have set up a working group and promised to bring together stakeholders from many different states and make sure they have the correct information and data,” McKenty added.

“But you can also put together the voices of children, just to acknowledge the fact that pornography is becoming more violent and more degrading.

Helen McEntee, Minister of Justice (Niall Carson / PA)

“It changed the way young people see sexual relationships, and that’s what we need to deal with.

“We want to say that we block all sites and don’t allow young people to access them, but that’s simply not possible.

“We have taken a huge amount of measures to limit children and young people from accessing certain websites, working with them and helping parents to make sure they understand what they are seeing. increase.”

The plan also includes the possibility of domestic violence registration.

Ms. McKenty commissioned Garda Commissioner Drew Harris to investigate how the register works and how it is used to protect potential victims.

The plan also extends the maximum sentence for harm-causing assault, one of the most common accusations of domestic violence, from five to ten years.

Justice Department officials will work with the Justice Department to consider creating a judge specially trained for domestic violence, sexual violence, and gender-based violence cases.

“We are submitting a bill to initiate a process for family judges who are specially trained and specially working in the family court hub,” McKenty said.

“This is expanding beyond that, so it’s an area we need to explore further, and obviously action in this promises to explore it.”

Ms. McKenty described it as a “breakthrough” day and called on the public to do more to tackle sexual and gender-based violence.

“As Minister, the Prime Minister of Ireland, and all my colleagues, we can formulate policies, enact new laws, introduce new curriculums, and work with each and every one of you, but I can’t. Insert yourself into the WhatsApp group and call for that type of action. You can’t insert yourself every night where these types of incidents occur, “she added.

“Unfortunately, an individual who is likely to be a man stops calling a woman who may have been trafficked or who is likely to be in a very abusive situation and requesting sexual services. I can not do it.

“All of us have a role to play here in providing policies and services, and in the direction in which they can be provided.

“But it is each of us, each individual, each man, each woman, confirming that we play our part, and along that journey, its overall goals, its overall purpose. It plays a role in ensuring that it is achieved.

“It is not a complete tolerance for domestic sexual and gender-based violence of all kinds.”

“There is no place for misogyny in society,” said Taoiseach Michelál Martin.

He also stated that the experiences of victims of domestic and sexual violence are unique.

“Their situation is unique. Their experience is unique and their impact on them and their lives is unique,” he added.

“For this reason, their needs are unique and we must be able to respond in a way that suits each individual.

“The strategy is aware of this and its guiding mission is clear. Zero tolerance for domestic sexual and gender-based violence.

“It focuses on individual victims and their needs.

“It takes us from a fragmented approach to a holistic and coordinated approach. We build support and processes that proactively address and adapt to each individual’s needs.”

Children’s Minister Roderick Ogorman said domestic violence and sexual violence do not make a distinction based on race, ethnicity, religion, disability, or socio-economic status.

“We recognize that domestic and sexual violence affect the lives of women and children of all backgrounds, and some men,” he added.

“But society does not treat all victims or survivors of abuse equally. It must change.

“The time has come for zero tolerance on social stigma and stereotypes that create barriers to the support and security provided to victims and survivors of domestic sexual and gender-based violence.”

Ms. McKenty said 249 women have been killed in Ireland in the last 25 years, including Ashling Murphy, Justin Valdes, Jennifer Poole, Ulantsezegzerendlji, Anakriegel and Fiona Pender.

The plan also aims to reform domestic violence law, including strengthening emergency orders, strengthening detention rights, and enacting legislation to introduce crimes of stalking and non-fatal strangulation.

We also aim to allow Gardai to wear a body camera when investigating domestic violence cases.

The government also plans to establish a statutory body on domestic violence, sexual violence and gender-based violence by January 2024. The government aims to limit youth access to pornographic websites

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