According to the CBC, a 12 year-old boy has been charged for sexually assaulting a girl while playing outside in Saskatoon. The girl, who is under ten years old, was not known to the boy.
The 12 year-old is due to appear in court in August.
Sadly, this story is not uncommon. While the article mentions nothing about pornography, there’s a very good chance that this boy has been exposed to explicit content. Here are some other stories of similar situations:
- 13-year-old boy charged with sexually assaulting 4-year-old relative in New Holland
- Boy, 13, sexually assaulted girl, 15, while his mates watched after being exposed to hardcore porn by his dad
- Boy, 11, goes on horrific sex assault spree abusing children at school after watching porn
- Boy admits raping sister, 8, after watching porn on Xbox
- Boy, 12, raped girl, 9, after watching hard core porn
- Judge blames easy access to online pornography after boy, 12, rapes seven-year-old sister
Free, easy access to countless hardcore videos online is shaping the sexual templates of children. As Clay Olsen, the founder of Fight the New Drug, mentioned during his interview for Over 18, kids and youth are increasingly equating sex with violence. They are mimicking in real life what they are watching online.
We are in favour of mandatory meaningful age verification on adult websites. While nothing can prevent all children from accessing porn, we have a responsibility as adults to do what we can to ensure that kids aren’t harmed by merely Googling a word they hear on the playground.
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