Dame Diana Johnson MP, Chair of the APPG on Commercial Sexual Exploitation, said:
“It’s time for MPs to confront the role of pornography in fuelling violence against women. The intolerable level of sexual violence that is perpetrated day in day out in this country is not inevitable. There is nothing ‘natural’ about it. So the question is, what in our culture is fuelling men’s violence against women – and what do we do about it? No answer to that critical question is complete without addressing the role of online pornography.
“We know that mainstream pornography is replete with violence and degradation, that the majority of users are men, and that currently children are able to access porn companies’ websites. International pornography companies generate huge profits, but what price are we all paying for this?
“This landmark cross-party inquiry will investigate what part the pornography industry is playing in fuelling men’s violence against women – and what Parliament should do about it.”