'No causative link' between pornography and violent crime, says former porn business owner

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

A former pornography business owner has claimed there is "no causative link" between watching pornography and committing a crime.

Jerry Barnett, who used to run an online pornography business and founded the website Sex & Censorship, told talkRADIO's Mike Graham that there was "no smoking gun" linking porn to harm.

Mr Barnett appeared on the show following a report from the Women and Equalities Committee, which claimed that there could be a relationship between consumption of porn and displaying "sexually agressive behaviours", and compared the "harms of pornography" to that of smoking.

"There's been vast amounts of research and there's ongoing research. There's no smoking gun linking porn to harm and actually, even the UK government's own research suggests the opposite - that where this is porn available that you tend to see declining rates of sexual violence," Mr Barnett told Graham.

 

 

He added that murder cases such as that of Nathan Barnett, who killed his step-sister Becky Watts and was found to be obsessed with violent pornography, were not a product of watching porn.

"You can go back three and four decades and find that these very rare, very tragic and very scary murders that happen. Every single time that these happen in society, some interest group will pick up on them and blame whatever the scare story of the day is. It's often pornography, computer games, or it's hip-hop music in the 90s, or horror videos in the 1980s," he said.

"There is no causative link between watching porn and committing an act like this."