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Young people who had sexually abused others said if they had received more help managing pornography, then they would have been less likely to develop the abusive behaviour. shutterstock

Hold pornography to account – not education programs – for children’s harmful sexual behaviour

Pornography is having negative impacts on children and young people. And increased sexual violence among children is only the tip of the iceberg.
Indonesia recently introduced forced chemical castration for perpetrators of sexual abuse against children. Last week Australian Robert Ellis (centre) was sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexually abusing girls in Bali. EPA/Made Nagi

Is forced chemical castration the answer to protecting children from sexual abuse in Indonesia?

Indonesia's decision to allow forced chemical castration as punishment for those who sexually abuse children is controversial.
Masked sex workers lead a march to mark International Sex Workers’ Rights Day. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Debate around sex work in South Africa tilts towards decriminalisation

Sex workers in South Africa are all potential criminals due to the country's regressive laws. But their status may change soon, making South Africa the first African country to decriminalise sex work.

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