SALRC Discussion paper on sexual offences (pornography and children) & draft bill

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Submissions must be received by no later than 30 July 2019

Justice and Correctional Services

The South African Law Reform Commission (SALRC) approved the publication of its discussion paper on sexual offences (pornography and children) and an accompanying draft bill for comment.

The discussion paper seeks to review the legislative framework that currently applies to children in respect of exposure to pornography and child sexual abuse material (the Commission’s preferred term for child pornography) within the larger framework of all statutory and common law sexual offences.

Five main topics are discussed in this paper, namely:

-Access to or exposure of a child to pornography;

-Creation and distribution of child sexual abuse material;

-Consensual self-child sexual abuse material (sexting);

-Grooming of a child and other sexual contact crimes associated with or facilitated by pornography or child sexual abuse material; and

-Investigation, procedure & sentencing.

Comments can be forwarded to dclark@justice.gov.za by no later than Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Enquiries can be directed to dclark@justice.gov.za or 012 622 6300

The Commission will be conducting workshops on the discussion paper on 12 June in Pretoria, 19 June in Cape Town, 25 June in Mthatha, 27 June in Bloemfontein, 2 July in Polokwane, 4 July in Mbombela and 11 July in Pietermaritzburg. A workshop targetted at the ICT industry will take place on 13 June. (Source: Legalbrief)

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