Sen. David Givens
This simple resolution recognized the connections between pornography, the objectification of women, and sex trafficking. It asserted that a public health crisis created by pornography exists, that obscenity plays a role in objectifying women, and that there is a need for education on the harms of pornography and sex trafficking. It also encouraged the Attorney General, Commonwealth’s Attorney Offices, Law Enforcement, and Municipalities to enforce current laws dealing with obscenity and other forms of sexual exploitation.
Because SR 170 is a “simple resolution” it only needed to pass with a full Chamber Floor vote. On March 29, Sen. Givens spoke on the Senate Floor in favor of the resolution and it passed with a voice vote. The passage of SR 170 put a stake down for the General Assembly in regard to its posture toward pornography.