April 16, 2015

Exposing Children to Hard-Core P*rnography is Child Sexual Abuse
 

 

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Exposing Children to Hard-Core  

P*rnography is Child Sexual Abuse 

 
 

 

 

 
Have you ever considered that exposing children to hard-core p*rnography is a form of child sexual abuse? 
 
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) interviewed 700 children in a recent study:
  • 12% of respondents say they have made a sexually-explicit video or been part of one. 
  • 1 in 10 (9%) also said they were worried that they had become addicted to p*rnography. 
  • 1 in 5 children (18%) said they have seen p*rnographic images that had shocked or upset them. 
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  • Girls in particular say they feel like they have to look and behave like p*rn stars to be liked by boys.  (See the Internet Safety 101SM video here.)  
  • ChildLine receives an estimated 18,000 messages a month from young people regarding their exposure to p*rnography. 
  • Children reported that watching p*rnography made them feel depressed, gave them body image issues and put them under pressure to engage in sex acts they are not ready for. 
Parents and caring adults must start to talk to young people about sex, love, respect and consent as soon as you feel they are ready. Please see Dr. Jill Manning's advice from our Internet Safety 101SM video here.

There are two primary culprits:
  • The Child Online Protection Act (COPA, 1998) which was Congress' second attempt to protect children from "adult" pornography was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2009.

When the government doesn't do its job, the full brunt of protecting children from p*rnography falls on the shoulders of parents, teachers and other caring adults.  Parents must be the first line of defense. 


 

This is why we created the Internet safety 101 Program.   

Get educated, equipped, and empowered! Click here.  Learn how to prevent the child sexual abuse caused by children's exposure to hard-core p*rnography. (click here)

 

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We are grateful for your support,  

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Donna Rice Hughes
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