From the beginning of 2009 it has been illegal for anyone in England and Wales to possess an “extreme” image, even if the activity it depicts is legal.
This site monitors implementation of the law and provides sources of advice for many otherwise law abiding citizens inadvertently caught up in this. Backlash supports the right to consensual adult human pornography, and the repeal of section 63 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008. More details of our case for repeal can be read here.
Dangerous Cartoons Act
From April 6th 2010 it has been illegal to possess “non-photographic visual depictions of child sexual abuse”.
While Backlash are firmly opposed to the production and possession of photographic child pornography, the addition of cartoons to the remit of illegal child pornography in Chapter 2, Coroners and Justice Act 2009 once again promotes the proliferation of victimless thought crime.
We have more details here.
Backlash can help some of those accused of a section 63 offence, by putting them in contact with expert legal advice. We can also provide useful information to defence solicitors if requested. In 2010, we prevented one poorly founded case by having a guilty plea vacated, and helped another person who had been prosecuted on the basis of poor evidence. In January 2011, we helped form the defence of someone who was acquitted at trial. In 2012, we helped form the defence of a man charged with possessing images of adult sexual acts that are legal to perform. That produced another acquittal at trial.
In a number of cases we have persuaded the CPS not to proceed. Clients usually do not want to discuss these examples, and we respect their privacy.