Why It’s Time to Say “No” to Porn

Pornography is not just you and your computer. It’s not a victimless crime. It’s time to see the truth of pornography and say no, because your no is her hope.

 

Did you know that pornography is the primary gateway for the purchase of commercial sex? Like a gateway drug, porn pulls you in deeper and darker. And many of the men and women in pornography are victims of sex trafficking. Every child in pornography is a victim of sex trafficking. When you say yes to porn, you say yes to sex trafficking.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Whether you’ve looked at pornography or not – your no is her hope.

 

When you say no to pornography, you say no to sex trafficking and bring hope to the lives of  victims. When you influence those around you to say no to pornography, you shape the culture and defend those who cannot defend themselves. We know it’s tough, and you may feel trapped.

That’s why we’ve created the Your No Is Her Hope Anti-Pornography Education presentation and script, specifically created for men (but can be adapted for women!). In it you’ll find important information on the pornography industry, the nature of addiction, the biblical perspective, discussion questions and resources for freedom. It’s short and easy to use – take a look and consider sharing it with men in your life!

Access the resources here: Presentation and Leaders Guide

But is it really connected to human trafficking? 

The United State’s Trafficking Victims Protection Act defines sex trafficking as: “The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act where such an act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age.” That means, if someone has recruited another person for commercial sex (prostitution, pornography, stripping) and is making money off of them through some form of manipulation (violent or not), that’s human trafficking. And if someone is being used for commercial sex and is under 18, that’s human trafficking.

Many adult pornography materials and ALL child pornography materials fit the legal definition. And demand is the driving force behind sex trafficking.

Use of pornography also rewires the brain to crave more, like any addiction. Many people start out with occasional “soft” porn use, then end up using hard porn including violence, children and more. Men and women who pay for commercial sex usually began their addictions with porn.

I need help to say no. 

It may feel impossible to stop. But good news! There are many great resources to help you say no and get free. The key – talk about it. Reach out to someone in your life (a friend, mentor, professional counselor) who can hold you accountable and walk with you through the journey. Bring it into the light!

Porn by the numbers:

$20 billion: Global porn revenue 1
$10 billion: US porn revenue 1
70 million: Users per week 7
25 % : users who are women 6
46%: users who are married 6
56%: divorces that referenced porn addiction 14
51% & 32%: men/women who viewed porn before age 12 8
50% & 20%: Christian men/women addicted to porn 9
37%: Pastors who said viewing porn was a “current struggle” 10

References
1. Paul M. Barrett, “The new republic of porn,” Bloomberg Businessweek, June 21, 2012. (accessed Dec. 27, 2012).
2. Paul Keegan, “Prime-time porn borrowing tactics from the old Hollywood studios, Vivid Entertainment has ditched the plain brown wrapper and is taking the multibillion-dollar sex-film industry mainstream,” Business 2.0 Magazine, June 1, 2003. (accessed Dec. 27, 2012).
3. Jennifer Davies and David Washburn, “San Diego’s adult entertainment goes uptown, upscale and online (first of two parts),” Union Tribune, Oct. 18, 2004. (accessed Dec. 27, 2012).
4. James Griffith, Sharon Mitchell, Christian Hart, Lea Adams, and Lucy Gu, “Pornography actresses: An assessment of the damaged goods hypothesis,” Journal of Sex Research (November 2012): 1-12.
5. Ogi Ogasa and Sai Gaddam, A Billion Wicked Thoughts: What the Internet Tell Us About Sexual Relationships. (New York: Plume, 2011).
6. Free Speech Coalition, WHITE PAPER 2005.
7. “Protecting Kids Online,” The Washington Post, July 1, 2004. (accessed Dec. 27, 2012).
8. Michael Leahy, Porn University: What College Students Are Really Saying About Sex on Campus (Chicago: Northfield Publishing, 2009).
9. ChristiaNet, Inc., “ChristiaNet poll finds that evangelicals are addicted to porn.” Marketwire, Aug. 7, 2006. (accessed Dec. 27, 2012).
10. Leadership Journal, “Leadership Survey.”
11. Farley, M. (2007) Prostitution & trafficking in Nevada: Making the connections. Prostitution Research & Education: San Fransisco.
12. Mackinnon, C (2004). “Pornography as trafficking”. Michigan Journal of International Law (26) p. 993.
13. “Pornography Statistics”. Covenant Eyes (2013).
14. Jonathan Dedmon, “Is the Internet bad for your marriage? Online affairs, pornographic sites playing greater role in divorces.” Press Release from The Dilenschneider Group, Inc., Nov. 14, 2002. (accessed Dec. 27, 2012).