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CHILDREN MAY NOT BE LOOKING FOR PORN, BUT PORN IS LOOKING FOR THEM…

The Siouxland Coalition Against Human Trafficking has recognized over the last five years of our existence that one of the drivers of human trafficking is pornography. Sixteen states have now called pornography a public health crisis. The internet has exponentially changed the game. Today’s internet porn is more hardcore, graphic and violent than ever before. It’s as powerful as any drug, and even more addicting. In fact, on-line porn is considered to be one of the top three fastest growing addictions in America, if not the fastest. The Coalition is alarmed that children are exposed every day to unwanted, unsolicited and unavoidable porn. Research has found that the average age of exposure to pornography is 11 years of age. One of the consequences of that exposure at such a young age and the speed at which addiction occurs is that some children choose to act out what they’ve seen, resulting in child on child sexual abuse. Furthermore, the demand for pornography is leading to the demand for increasingly younger children to star in porn films, leading to an increase in sex trafficking of minors.

Author Francine Rivers recently exposed four powerful myths about pornography on her blog and shared some very disturbing facts:

Myth #1 - Porn empowers women

In truth, making pornographic films may start with a false sense of empowerment but it quickly turns negative, spiraling downward into depression. Women in the porn industry face rape and domestic violence and usually live in poverty. Many suffer PTSD on a level equal to a combat war veteran.

Myth #2 - Porn is a healthy way to explore sexuality

In truth, pornography lessens sexual satisfaction and encourages men to turn away from monogamy, marriage, and their spouse in the search for satisfaction. Many enter a cycle of addiction, acting out their fantasies, then feeling guilt and remorse that quickly becomes shame and depression, leading to an attempt to cure themselves. Stress and fear of rejection sends them back to pornography, and the cycle starts all over.

Myth #3 - Porn is victimless

In truth, the level of violence and aggression against women in pornography is appalling. Most are first filmed without knowledge or consent and then blackmailed or coerced into submission. Pornography is a gateway to trafficking.

Myth #4 - If my spouse watches porn, something is wrong with me.

In truth, sexual addiction is insatiable.

Some disturbing facts:

9 out of 10 boys an 6 out of 10 girls are exposed to pornography before the age of 18. The average age of the first viewing is 11 years old. 1 in 25 children, ages 7-16 have sent graphic photos of themselves online. These pictures open the door to predators. Child pornography is rampant. Sadly, shamefully, 55% of all pornography comes out of the United States of America.

The truth is every time a person clicks on a porn site, they are supporting sex trafficking. Every click encourages the enslavement and rape of women here in our country, as well as around the world. (https://francinerivers.com/sex-trafficking-and-pornography/)

Equipped with that knowledge, the Coalition is taking steps to not only combat the problem, but provide individuals and families struggling with pornography with hope-filled solutions.