A New Political Truth: Exposure to Sexually Violent Materials Causes Sexual Violence
Northwestern University - School of Law
August 27, 2010
William & Mary Law Review, Vol. 31, 1990
Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 10-43
The Meese Commission gave this nation a new political truth that in years to come will undoubtedly play an important role in federal or state efforts to restrict or suppress speech having pornographic content. Legislators, policymakers and the general public will quote and rely upon the Commission's key finding that exposure to sexually violent materials "bears a causal relationship" to acts of sexual violence, unaware that the principal drafter of the Report played down this confidence in a separately published academic essay.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 25
Keywords: Pornography, Sexual violence, Meese Commission, Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography, Schauer, First Amendment, Freedom of speech, Suppression of speech
JEL Classification: K10, K19, K30, K40Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: August 30, 2010
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