Victorians are urged to join the fight against pornography this October by wearing white ribbons of support, and urging government to continue efforts to bring stronger penalties to people who commit offenses against children.
Through the month, the 16 Catholic Women’s League of Canada Councils of the Victoria Diocese will wear ribbons and promote the issue with government through letters and postcards.
The group’s previous initiatives against child pornography included a 2003 resolution urging the federal government to expedite implementation of a national strategy to eliminate computer-based child pornography and to increase funding to help law enforcement agencies enforce it.
“Although it is illegal to produce, distribute or possess child pornography in Canada, it is increasingly acceptable, accessible, and freely available,” the CWL said in announcing the campaign.
“Today, any child with unrestricted Internet access is just a mouse click away from viewing, either intentionally or accidentally, sexually explicit material. Pornography is one of the biggest threats to our children’s online safety.”
The government launched the National Strategy for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation on the Internet in 2004, partnering with cybertip.ca to operate the national tipline and conduct public awareness and education.