Taxing Video Games to Fund Sexual Assault Programs?

The Associated Press reported that New Hampshire is considering adding a special tax on video games and movies to fund sexual assault programs in the state.

Under the proposed law, film and game rentals would be taxed 5 cents and video game consoles would be taxed $1. The taxes raised in this way would go into a fund to pay for sexual assault services on the theory that violent video games and movies contribute to sexual assault.

By depicting violence and/or portraying women as sexual objects, supporters say, video games and movies contribute to the problem and so should pay for part of the solution.

Source:

Video Game Tax To Support Sex Crime Victims. Associated Press, March 19, 2001.

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