Resolution 2004.11: Link Between Violent, Graphic Imagery and Aggressive Behaviour and the Mechanics of Killing

Submitted by: New Brunswick Provincial Council

Whereas, Many movies, videos, games and other media on the market today contain violent, graphic imagery which promotes killing as the primary way of winning without addressing the consequences; and

Whereas, This type of media, although rated adult, is readily accessible and sold to minors; and

Whereas, Research has shown that continued exposure to such media results in increased aggressive behaviour; therefore, be it

Resolved, That the national council of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada, in 84th annual national convention assembled, encourage provincial councils to urge provincial/territorial governments to

  • establish procedures to prohibit the sale and/or rental and/or distribution to minors of videos, movies and games that contain graphic imagery which promotes violence and even killing as an acceptable behaviour
  • ensure that the educational system contains required curricula to provide students with the tools to respond thoughtfully and critically to media content; and, be it further

Resolved, That the national council of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada, in 84th annual national convention assembled, encourage members to be aware of and monitor children’s exposure to violence in the media.

Requested Members’ Action:

  1. Monitor videos, movies and games that are sold/rented.
  2. Monitor videos, movies and games that your children/grandchildren watch or play.
  3. Write provincial/territorial ministers of education urging that the educational system for all ages, especially the very young, contain required curricula which provide young people with the tools to respond thoughtfully and critically to media content.
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