I am a mother who, like many parents, tries to protect my children. Since my son was born thirteen years ago, I have seen an abundance of sexual images creep gradually into our world and I cannot control it. Now I have a baby girl and I am determined that she should not have to see sex sells media in every shop.

Children should be protected from sexual images.

How is it legal to display women bending over with barely a covered groin and naked breasts in public places where children can see?

It would be a sexual offence if a parent or other person deliberately showed a child indecent pictures. Yet every day children see sexual covers on adult and lad mag’s.

How is it legal to look at pornography in the form of page three and images in the Daily Sport in front of children? These images are available in community centres, children’s ball pools, trains, buses and breast feeding friendly cafes. 

I do not want my children to see these images and to think that this is what women are and do. I do not want to have to explain to my baby daughter why there are women pulling their pants down on the front of the newspaper when I go to get milk. I do not want my children to grow up in a culture where it is o.k. to have countless images of semi-clothed women next to clothed men.

I have asked over 250 other parents and 94% dislike adult/lad mag’s, The Sun, the Star and the Sport where children can see. The Bailey review relies on the good will of retailers to move explicit material however 42 parents have told me that when they challenged retailers displaying porn they were either ignored or laughed at and two were even threatened. There is no good will on this issue. Porn and sexualised imagery should be away from children. They can still see top shelf!

The Government states; 

“we need to make our society more family-friendly, and to take action to protect children from excessive commercialisation and premature sexualisation… We will crack down on irresponsible advertising and marketing, especially to children. We will also take steps to tackle the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood.” HM Government 2010 quote taken from Bailey review.

In the Bailey review the Government made it clear that if satisfactory progress cannot be made on a voluntary basis, it will consider further legislation.

Satisfactory progress has not been made, sex is in every shop.

Now is the time to change.

 

Letter to
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party David Cameron MP
Make it illegal to display porn around children