WHEREAS Child pornography is defined in S.163.1 of the Criminal Code as a depiction of a person under 18 years of age engaged in explicit sexual activity, or the dominant characteristic of the depiction is for a sexual purpose, of a sexual organ or the anal region of a person under 18 years of age, and;
WHEREAS child pornography is used by pedophiles to excite and encourage themselves in unlawful activities involving children and to lure their victims by convincing them that the acts depicted are “normal” activities, and;
WHEREAS the law on child pornography permits the defence that the material has artistic merit, and;
WHEREAS the artistic community must be responsible for all its undertakings and works, the same as all other members in society, and;
WHEREAS child pornography is intrinsically harmful, corrupting and morally reprehensible and cannot be acceptable on the grounds of artistic merit;
BE IT RESOLVED that the defence of artistic merit, in the child pornography law be removed and no longer permitted to be used as a defence in child pornography cases.