Protect Youth from Pornography Exposure | Bill S-210

Defend Dignity
February 1, 2022

Sexual acts depicting misogyny, violence, incest, etc. are easily accessible online and kids are being exposed to them at increasingly younger ages. Senator Julie Miville-Dechêne has introduced Bill S-210 to require sites hosting pornography to verify their consumers are adults. This is an important step in preventing the wide range of harms linked with youth exposure to pornography.

Act now – ask your MP and several cabinet ministers to support Bill S-210!

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About Bill S-210, the Protecting Young Persons from Exposure to Pornography Act

“The purpose of this Act is to protect public health and public safety and, in particular, to
(a) protect the mental health of young persons by restricting their access to sexually explicit material;
(b)  protect Canadians — in particular, young persons and women — from the harmful effects of the exposure of young persons to sexually explicit material, including demeaning material and material depicting sexual violence; and
(c) deter organizations that make sexually explicit material available on the Internet for commercial purposes from allowing young persons to access that material.”
You can read the full text of Bill S-210 and track its progress.

In June 2021, the Senate recognized the importance and urgency of this issue when they sent the previous version of this bill, S-203(43-2), to the House of Commons for the next step of the legislative process. All bills died on the Order Paper when the federal election was called; Bill S-210 is the version that was re-introduced to the Senate shortly after the new Parliament was formed. Bill S-210 will be studied by the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs and could be in the House of Commons soon.

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