Researching Reform

It’s another misty Monday here at Researching Reform, but it also happens to be the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

The Day falls during a time when our Prime Minister David Cameron appears to be revisiting his plans to ensure that anyone who possesses pornography depicting rape (simulated or not) could face up to three years in jail. 

There is no question that rape is an awful crime and affects victims not only physically but psychologically, with often long-lasting effects and that non consensual domination should rightly be banned in film, as it is in real life. They are one and the same.

But what of simulated rape, or domination as it is sometimes called? Should the Prime Minister seek to ban staged rapes in feature films and gaming too (which is currently legal) and where do we draw the line? And how will he enforce the…

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