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Violence Against Women on the Internet

Campus Sexual Assault Policies
(opens: 4.16.02)
(opens: 4.23.02)
Sex Trafficking
(opens: 4.30.02)
The Internet as a Site of Resistance
(opens: 5.7.02)
(opens: 5.14.02)
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Discussion Questions

Discussion Question #1
What do you think of the Supreme Court's decision in the virtual child pornography case? The court said, "There are many things innocent in themselves, … such as cartoons, video games, and candy, that might be used for immoral purposes, yet we would not expect those to be prohibited because they can be misused." What do you think of the court equating virtual pornography, video games, and candy?

Discussion Question #2
The Supreme Court declined to define the harm from child pornography as the harm of children abused by those who consume child pornography. How should the law define harm?

Discussion Question #3
The Jake Baker Case is particularly disturbing as it shows the failure of the law to protect a victim when the harm is extremely visible. Do you agree with the court's analysis that the threats to the woman identified in the story or to the women who were likely targets of Baker's murder/rape/torture threats were too vague? Do you think this case would be decided differently today given the Internet's increased role in our daily lives?

Discussion Question #4
What policy or law changes can you imagine to make the Internet a safe space for women and children, a space which does not assault our bodily integrity? What sort of controls can you imagine that would prevent the harm that women and children currently suffer as a result of online pornography? How should the law go about balancing free speech interests and the right to bodily integrity, sexual autonomy, and physical safety?

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