Does porn make men and boys more likely to commit violent acts? It’s a question that psychologists and criminologists seem unable to answer, says Martin Daubney
Does pornography have the corrosive power to turn normal, everyday men into murderers or rapists?
It’s one of the most contentious questions of our time, and one that resurfaces every time a high-profile murder case hits the front pages where internet porn has cast its dark shadow over causality.
That happened again this week when Lord Thomas, the Lord Chief Justice, gave evidence to MPs, looking back on his conviction of “pervert” Jamie Reynolds, who murdered Georgia Williams, 17. The 23-year-old had been watching extreme pornography immediately before Georgia arrived at his home, where he proceeded to hang her in May 2013.
Lord Thomas said the case “left me in no doubt at all that the peddling of pornography on the internet had a dramatic effect on the individual.
“What is available to download and to see is simply horrific and it played a real part in the way in which this particular murder was carried out.”
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