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Research has shown pornography negatively affects the brain, relationships, and society. Let our legislators know we want them to recognize this public health crisis.
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HOW YOU CAN HELP
PORNOGRAPHY IS HARMING US…AND WE NEED TO IDENTIFY THE PROBLEM.
Researchers have discovered how harmful pornography is to someone’s mind, as well as relationships and society as a whole. Take a stand by signing the petition asking our legislature to pass a resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis and to develop education, prevention, research, and policies to address the harmful effects of pornography, and minimize the external effects (such as human trafficking).
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FAST FACTS ABOUT PORN
(Made available by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation)
- It’s Everywhere: Young children are now exposed to hardcore (mainstream) pornography at an alarming rate, with 27% of older millennials (age 25-30) reporting that they first viewed pornography before puberty. Sixty-four percent of people 13–24 actively seek out pornography weekly or more often.
- Both Male and Female Users: While hardcore pornography users are typically male, female use is increasing. Teenage girls and young women are significantly more likely to actively seek out porn than women over age 25.
- Pornography Teaches that Women Enjoy Sexual Violence: Analysis of the 50 most popular pornographic videos (those bought and rented most often) found that 88% of scenes contained physical violence, and 49% contained verbal aggression. Eighty-seven percent of aggressive acts were perpetrated against women, and 95% of their responses were either neutral or expressions of pleasure.
- The Research Is In: Since 2009, there have been 30 major studies that have revealed porn has negative and detrimental impacts on the brain.
The Addiction Gets Worse: A 2015 study from Cambridge found that pornography use can drive novelty-seeking, so users need more and more extreme content over time in order achieve the same level of arousal.
Like the Tobacco Industry, the Pornography Industry is Creating a Public Health Crisis. Despite tobacco’s former widespread use and acceptance in American culture, once its harms became apparent, society took action and adopted dramatic new policies to limit the harmful effects of smoking. Similarly we believe that people need to be protected from pornography exposure, and be made aware of the risks associated with pornography use. Additionally, pornography should not be socially endorsed, normalized, or presented as cool.