Preliminary research on Pornography in Port Moresby

ResearchPicIt is understood from other researches on Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Papua New Guinea that the magnitude of GBV incidence is considered by some to be of epidemic proportions: 41% of men in PNG admit to having raped someone, over two-thirds of women are estimated to have suffered some form of physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, and it is reported that 7.7% of men admit to having perpetrated male rape.

Only 73% of survivors of GBV in PNG seek assistance and the vast majority of these individuals (88%) seek this assistance through informal support structures, such as familial, kinship or collegiate networks or village courts and community leaders rather than through official channels. This indicates that GBV is underreported (Research reports and studies, September 2015, Emily Darko, William Smith and David Walker.

This has prompted the Office of Censorship to carry out the research on pornography at the Port Moresby General Hospital (POMGH) within the Obstetrics and Gynecology (O&G) section to find out from mothers and women at the clinic if pornography is contributing to the high rate of GBV incidences at their homes and in their communities.

The purpose of this research is to firstly (i) collate sufficient data and information on the contributing effects of pornography on women and how it affects their marriage and family life and (ii) assess the accessibility of pornography through modern technology and mobile phones and provide supportive data towards the establishment of the Internet Filtering System.

The research started in mid-December, 2016, at the Port Moresby General Hospital within the Obstetrics and Gynecology Section for two weeks.

The O&G Section includes all the mothers or women who come for their antenatal clinic or pregnancy check-up or test.

From the data collected, it can be identified that 60% of the women interviewed live in urban areas while 30% live in settlements, 9% came from the villages and 1% provided no answer.

About 51% of the women interviewed said people shared pornographic materials through their mobile phones while 13% shared the materials through their laptops or computers (on-line cloud storage), 10% shared the materials through flash drive and hard drives while 3% said they shared through magazines and CDs while 23% did not provide an answer or were not sure.

About 85% of the mothers interviewed said pornography is a contributing factor toward sexual violence in marriage life while five per cent of the mothers said that was not the case as pornography does not contribute toward sexual violence and 10% did not provide an answer or were not sure.

From this preliminary research, the research Officer Mr Cyril Kruak is recommending that more research on pornographic related incidences be carried out in schools as part of the awareness program within the Office.

This will enable the Office to also provide sufficient information toward the establishment of an Internet Filtering System as a means to provide clean feed to the people.

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