Is Your Porn Legal?

Did you know it is illegal to possess ‘extreme pornography’? This includes adult pornography deemed realistic, explicit and depicting at least one of these things:
•    an act which threatens a person’s life,
•    an act which results, or is likely to result, in serious injury to a person’s anus, breasts or genitals,
•    an act which involves sexual interference with a human corpse, or
•    a person performing an act of intercourse or oral sex with an animal (whether dead or alive).

This includes pretend acts and acts that are both legal and consensual to perform. Police have charged people over images of fisting, urethral sounding and (bizarrely) wearing gasmasks. No alternative sex act is entirely safe.

Backlash advises countless people and supports court cases that keep law-abiding sexual minorities out of prison.

Since early 2015 possession of fictional depictions of rape has also become a criminal offence. This includes images depicting rough sex and fantasy rape scenarios that are enjoyed safely and consensually by countless people throughout the UK.

Criminalising 16-18 year olds

A politically charged moral panic over young people’s attitudes to sexuality is leading to Internet censorship and the labelling of ordinary young people as sex offenders.

Backlash will campaign for a change in the law so that prosecutions intended to halt child abuse are not used to instigate the abuse of children through the criminal justice system.

By extending our remit to provide legal advice for young people who are threatened with criminal prosecution for possessing sexually explicit images of themselves and shared consensually on digital media we will help fund effective defences by experts such as Myles Jackman when support available under legal aid is inadequate, and develop arguments for a review of existing legislation.

What can I do?

•    Learn the law and your rights.
•    Write to your MP telling them about the damage that porn laws do to ordinary people (and voters)
•    Spread the word in newspapers and on the web about how porn bans cause much more harm than porn itself
•    Donate what you can to Backlash’s campaign and legal defence fund
•    Like us on Facebook and follow us on twitter

Backlash related Victories

#TwinkTrial – A gay man of high professional standing, charged by CPS in November 2012 with possessing indecent images. Case dismissed with help from Backlash after evidence demonstrated images were legal to possess, 1 November 2013.
Walsh (#Porntrial) – former aide to Mayor Boris Johnson and barrister specialising in police misconduct. Prosecuted for possession of fisting images from a private adult sex party, in which he was a participant. Found not guilty by jury in Kingston Crown Court in August 2012.
Peacock (#ObscenityTrial) – sex worker, prosecuted for distributing gay fisting pornography. Found not guilty by jury in Southwark Crown Court in January 2012.
Webster – Charged with possession of images of erotic horror, including contrived death scenes. Backlash developed expert evidence showing that images lacked realism. Acquitted by a jury in Stafford Crown Court in January 2011.
Holland (#tigerporn) – Charged with possession of extreme pornography, including depiction of a woman having sex with a tiger. Case dropped when it was revealed tiger ‘talked’ during the video, proving lack of realism. Case dismissed in Mold Crown Court in January 2010.