November 1, 2018, Orlando, FL
Did you know that 88% of the most downloaded or rented pornography videos include violence against women?
Did you know that 1/3 of young people have seen pornography by the age of 12?
Did you know that 20% of all sexts are of photos of children, mostly girls under the age of 15?
Our culture teaches that viewing pornography is normal and harmless. However, the statistics tell a different story. Pornography teaches children to objectify and abuse women and creates an addiction as powerful as drugs.
Someone recently said, “Pornography is to Human Trafficking what Smoking is to Cancer.”
Pornography drives the demand for human trafficking. As more young people become addicted to sexually exploitive images, their drive for more increases. What once satisfied that urge no longer does. Images progress to videos. Videos progress to child or violent pornography. When a screen will no longer suffice, addicts turn to victims of human trafficking to fulfill their fantasies.
Sometimes it is a married man who desires to degrade and violently abuse a woman. They often turn to a prostituted individual to exploit. These women are forced into prostitution, beaten, and raped by customers over and over.
Human Trafficking is a fire and Pornography is gasoline.
This month, we are bringing awareness to the issue of pornography for #nopornovember. We challenge you renew or make a commitment to abstain from viewing any form of pornography. Also, join us in raising awareness about the harmful effects of pornography to help shift our culture from one of exploitation to one of empowerment.
Porn ruins lives and fuels the demand for human trafficking. It is not a harmless vice. It ruins relationships, destroys healthy sexuality, and drives objectification and misogynism.
Not only this, but many people in the images and videos are victims of human trafficking. Legally, any minor in pornography is a victim of trafficking. Also, traffickers often make pornographic videos of their victims for extra money and to control their victims through blackmail.
Did you know that people are running sextortion scams through social media built around pornography?
Scammers use video chats and other messaging apps to develop relationships with people and often turn the conversation to sex. Eventually, they convince their victims to take explicit videos or photos and will use those to blackmail them. Sometimes it is someone the person knows, other times it is not.
Pornography is deceptive and it is highly addictive.
Here are some great resources to help support you in your No Porn November Challenge:
by Blair Pippin
Creative & Prevention Director • Florida Abolitionist