Cultural Rape: Pornography

OK, I am just going to go ahead and post this blog, even though it is still a bunch of information you might not want; I just already have it done and have permission from Dr. Smith to quote the following stats.  I have identified 13 types of rape but this will be the last one I will finish unless someone asks me. 

Statistics:

  • “According to the Internet content filtering company N2H2, there are 260 million pages of pornography online.  That’s a separate page of porn for each person in the U.S.
  • Pornographic business trade on the NASDAQ and NYSE is estimated to be $20 billion per year in the U.S.–$14 billion in California alone and $57 billion worldwide…
  • Revenue from pornography in the U.S. is more than the combined revenues of the National Football League, Major League Baseball, and the National Basketball Association…
  • Revenue from pornography exceeds the combined revenues of broadcasting companies ABC, NBC, and CBS.
  • According to the Kinsey Institute, 77 percent of Americans look at pornography at least one time a month; 58 percent at least once a week; 19 percent at least once a day.
  • … 53 percent of Promise Keeper men view pornography each week; 47 percent of Christians say that pornography is a major problem in their home;  Today’s Christian Woman magazine, 2003, found that one of six Christian women struggles with pornography addiction. 
  • Recent studies show that 8-10 percent of all Internet users become hooked on what is called cybersex….
  • Conservative infidelity statistics estimate that 60 percent of men and 40 percent of women will have an extramarital affair, with statistical projections that mean at least one partner will have an extramarital in approximately 80 percent of all marriages.” (David Smith DMin., Theodyssey (San Jose Group 2005) Stage Two, 73)

Definition of Pornography

Pornography is defined as:

“1. the depiction of erotic behavior (as in pictures or writing) intended to cause sexual excitement

2. material (as in books or a photograph) that depicts erotic behavior and is intended to cause sexual excitement.

 A growing form of cultural rape is widespread use of pornography.  Pornography is not a victimless crime.  Children are perhaps the most innocent of the victim pornography.  

Pornography is an addiction.  It ruins relationships, homes, lives, and careers.  “studies have clearly identified pornography as one of the major contributing factors to the behavior of sex offenders.”  (“Stories From the Heart,” Citizens for Community Values, Inc.  2002, www.victimsofpornography.org

If you doubt it’s impact, please go to this website and read some of the stories.  The following is one of them:

“I am 13 years old.  You could say that i am an average teenager, except for one fact.  I am a victim of pornography.  When I was I very small, my real Dad sexually abused me while he was watching a pornographic video.  I lost my innocence to my real Dad when he chose to use me for his own self-fulfulling needs.  The things he did to me happened while he watched pornography.  What did I do to deserve this?  I go through times of depression, confusion, anorexia and guilt.  My Mom says that it was not my fault, but I still wonder–wasn’t I good or perfect enough.  I am finding that there are many others like me.  People say there is no harm to pornography.  I say they are wrong.  Mississippi teenager.”  (“Children are Victims of Pornography,” Citizens for Community Values, Inc., 2002 www.victimsofpornography.org)

Commentary:

The Internet has magnified beyond measure the spread of pornography, allowing it to be even more secret, widespread, and hidden than ever before.  Unsolicited, my husband received the following attachment to an email:  “Hello dear Bob Nielsen!  Do you wanna see shocking brutal rapes: blood’n pleasure/shocking materials/brutal gun rapes/hard defloration/kickfuck/and more/100% rape!”

This affects you, me, our daughters and all women in our culture because pornography is common within faith communities too.  I didn’t even know May is designated “Victims of Pornography Month,”did you?  Avenue Resources is a Christian organization designed to help men with pornography issues and what they call the “unintended journey” of the wives.  They insist it is a travesty that our faith communities are not taking the leadership in addressing pornography issues.

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