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All videos and films must be classified by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). The categories are as follows:-


Suitable for audiences aged four years and over.


Unaccompanied children of any age may watch, but parental guidance is necessary.


No one younger than twelve may see a 12A film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult.


No one younger than twelve may rent or buy a '12' rated video


No one younger than 15 may see a '15' in a cinema, and no one younger than 15 may rent or buy a '15' rated video.


No one younger than 18 may see an '18' film in a cinema, or rent or buy an '18' rated video.


This is a special and legally restricted classification for explicit videos supplied to adults only in licensed sex shops.

Computer games also come under the Act if they contain violence or explicit sex scenes. Hardcore videos can be purchased from abroad, and the producers claim that they fall outside the UK Law.

In the 1996 Survey 73% of women linked them with domestic violence. In some cases they coerced the women to take part in unacceptable sexual practices. One county police vice-squad recorded several cases where sex offenders' behaviour was clearly linked with pornography. The prison service also, from their one-to-one interviews with sex offenders reported that in 50% of the cases, pornography could have been the motivation for rape.

School teachers have evidence of aggresive behaviour in the playground attributable to violence learned from computer games. Children can buy videos from car boot sales; borrow from adults; watch them in a friend's house or in their own houses when the parents are absent. A 14-year old boy who tied a 12-year old girl to a tree, assaulting and raping her said, 'I got the idea from a video'.

Index to the topic
Pornography and Media Violence
Video and Films
Sex Tourism and Child Abuse
Legisaltion on Obscenity in England & Wales

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