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H 3887
Session 122 (2017-2018) 

H 3887 Concurrent Resolution, By Burns, Chumley, Thayer, McCravy, V.S. Moss and 
Loftis
 A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO RECOGNIZE AND ACKNOWLEDGE THE PUBLIC HEALTH HAZARD
 OF PORNOGRAPHYNext WHICH LEADS TO A BROAD SPECTRUM OF INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIETAL
 HARMS, TO EXPRESS THE NEED TO ADDRESS THE PreviousPORNOGRAPHYNext EPIDEMIC BY ENCOURAGING
 EDUCATION, PREVENTION, RESEARCH, AND POLICY CHANGES TO ADDRESS THE
 PROLIFERATION OF PreviousPORNOGRAPHYNext ON THE INTERNET IN PARTICULAR, AND TO CALL FOR
 REGULATION OF PreviousPORNOGRAPHYNext ON THE INTERNET TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH OBSCENITY
 LAWS OF THE STATE.

   03/02/17  House  Introduced (House Journal-page 6)
   03/02/17  House  Referred to Committee on Judiciary
                     (House Journal-page 6)
   03/06/18  House  Member(s) request name added as sponsor: McCravy
   03/08/18  House  Member(s) request name added as sponsor: V.S.Moss
   03/12/18  House  Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Loftis



VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

3/2/2017



H. 3887

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

TO RECOGNIZE AND ACKNOWLEDGE THE PUBLIC HEALTH HAZARD OF PreviousPORNOGRAPHYNext WHICH LEADS TO A BROAD SPECTRUM OF INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIETAL HARMS, TO EXPRESS THE NEED TO ADDRESS THE PreviousPORNOGRAPHYNext EPIDEMIC BY ENCOURAGING EDUCATION, PREVENTION, RESEARCH, AND POLICY CHANGES TO ADDRESS THE PROLIFERATION OF PreviousPORNOGRAPHYNext ON THE INTERNET IN PARTICULAR, AND TO CALL FOR REGULATION OF PreviousPORNOGRAPHYNext ON THE INTERNET TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH OBSCENITY LAWS OF THE STATE.

Whereas, the members of the South Carolina General Assembly recognize that PreviouspornographyNext is creating a public health crisis and that it perpetuates a sexually toxic environment; and

Whereas, efforts to prevent PreviouspornographyNext exposure and addiction, to educate individuals and families concerning its harmful effects, and to develop recovery programs must be addressed systemically in a manner that holds providers accountable; and

Whereas, PreviouspornographyNext contributes to the hyper-sexualization of teens and even prepubescent children in our society; and

Whereas, due to advances in technology and the universal availability of the internet, young children are exposed to what used to be referred to as hardcore PreviouspornographyNext but is now considered mainstream PreviouspornographyNext; and

Whereas, the average age of exposure to PreviouspornographyNext is now eleven to twelve years; and

Whereas, this early exposure may lead to low self-esteem and body-image disorders, an increase in problematic sexual activity at younger ages, and an increased desire among adolescents to engage in risky sexual behavior; and

Whereas, exposure to PreviouspornographyNext often serves as sex education for children and youth and informs their sexual templates; and

Whereas, PreviouspornographyNext which depicts violence and abuse of women and children tends to normalize such behavior; and

Whereas, PreviouspornographyNext treats women and children as objects and often portrays rape and abuse as if such acts are harmless; and

Whereas, PreviouspornographyNext equates violence towards women and children with sex, and pain with pleasure, which increases the demand for sex trafficking, prostitution, child sexual abuse images, and child PreviouspornographyNext; and

Whereas, potential detrimental effects on users of PreviouspornographyNext can impact brain development and functioning, contribute to emotional and medical illnesses, shape deviant sexual arousal, and lead to difficulty in forming or maintaining positive, intimate relationships, as well as promote problematic or harmful sexual behaviors and addiction; and

Whereas, recent neurological research indicates that PreviouspornographyNext is potentially biologically addictive, which means the user requires more novelty, often in the form of more shocking material, in order to be satisfied; and

Whereas, this biological addiction leads to increasing themes of risky sexual behaviors, extreme degradation, violence and child sexual abuse images, and child PreviouspornographyNext; and

Whereas, PreviouspornographyNext use is linked to lessening desire in young men to marry, dissatisfaction in marriage, and infidelity and this link demonstrates that PreviouspornographyNext has a detrimental effect on the family unit; and

Whereas, overcoming the emotionally and psychologically damaging effects of PreviouspornographyNext is beyond the capability of the afflicted individuals to address alone; and

Whereas, it is important to recognize the cancer on society that PreviouspornographyNext poses when it is distributed carelessly over the internet with little regard for the devastating and long-lasting effects that exposure to it can cause, and begin to address the regulation of it to ensure compliance with the state's obscenity laws to protect the state's citizens and youth in particular from such exposure. Now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:

That the members of the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina, by this resolution, recognize and acknowledge the public health hazard of PreviouspornographyNext which leads to a broad spectrum of individual and societal harms, express the need to address the PreviouspornographyNext epidemic by encouraging education, prevention, research, and policy changes to address the proliferation of PreviouspornographyNext on the internet in particular, and call for regulation of Previouspornography on the internet to ensure compliance with obscenity laws of the State.

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