Bill C-291 would clarify criminal laws on child abuse and exploitation

07 September 2022

A private member’s bill would change references to “child pornography” in the Criminal Code to the more accurate term “child sexual abuse material.” MP Mel Arnold introduced Bill C-291 in the House of Commons on June 17, 2022.  

The term “child pornography” is inaccurate and harmful. Sexually explicit images and videos depicting children are child sexual exploitation, assault and abuse.  Terms like “child pornography” risk normalizing, trivializing and legitimizing the sexual abuse and exploitation of children.

Update: This bill passed in the House of Commons and is now before the Senate.