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PARIS, May 28, 2002 (LSN.ca) – A survey in France found that nearly half of France’s children had viewed an “adults-only” sex film by age 11.  Claude Rozier, a school doctor who headed the government-sponsored survey, said: “Hardcore porn has become the principal vehicle for quite young children’s understanding of everything to do with love and sexuality – sometimes their only point of reference.”

The study found that 89.6% of boys aged 16 or 17 had seen one or more porn films. For girls, the figure was 81.1%. The Guardian reports that most of the teenagers questioned said they watched pornography “to find out about sex”, and nearly 40% said the films – almost invariably watched at home or at friends’ houses while parents were out or asleep – had taught them “something useful.”  Reports of a gang rape of a female classmate by 11 boys 14 and 15 years of age have shocked the country and added emphasis to the survey which was released the day before the report of the rape.

See the coverage in the Guardian at:  https://www.guardian.co.uk/france/story/0,11882,722017,00.html

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