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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: September 11, 2017 12:57 PM
From: Representative Matthew E. Baker
To: All House members
Subject: Human Trafficking And Child Exploitation Prevention Resolution

I intend to introduce a resolution that condemns the free availability of pornography as for the public health hazard that it presents by harming children and families across the Commonwealth.

Due to advances in technology, young children are now exposed to hardcore pornography at alarming rates, with as many as 27% of older millennials reporting that they first encountered explicit pornography before even reaching puberty. This early and almost unavoidable exposure creates a toxic sexual environment, influencing our children to objectify women, to equate violence and mistreatment with pleasure, and to engage in dangerous sexual activity. The adverse public health effects of this are real and need to be confronted with education, prevention and research and policy change at the community and social levels to address this epidemic.

Nineteen other states have passed or introduced a similar resolution.

I hope you will join me in condemning the effect that pervasive pornography has on our children and families.

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Introduced as HR519