Pornography has become a highly lucrative business and is
consumed by a growing number of people, in particular on the Internet.
A matter of special concern is the public’s increased accessibility
to violent and extreme pornographic material, which graphically
portrays scenes of degradation, sexual violence, torture, murder,
necrophilia or bestiality for the purposes of sexual arousal.
The Parliamentary Assembly should warn against the desensitisation
resulting from continued exposure or addiction to such types of
pornography, and against a process of normalisation in which moral
coercion and physical violence, in particular against women, become
Council of Europe member states should ensure effective implementation
of their existing legislation in the field of pornography, encourage
scientific research to assess the impact of violent and extreme
pornographic images on the user and consider introducing specific
legislation criminalising the possession, production and distribution
of violent and extreme pornographic material.