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.


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

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