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Morality in Media: Children becoming addicted to porn at alarming rates

Pornography opponent Morality in Media says children are encountering pornography on the Internet at alarming rate — with their average first exposure coming at age 11.

MIM’s four-week “Be Aware: Porn Harms” National Awareness Campaign enters its second week on July 18th.

Dawn Hawkins, MIM’s Executive Director and director of the campaign, said pornography’s consequences for children and their abusers rank among “the most disturbing aspects” of material that is usually deemed harmless.

“Many child pornographers start with an interest in soft-core adult pornography, but over time turn to harder, more deviant porn and this leads the way to child pornography and molestation,” said Hawkins.

The campaign also highlights the modern parent’s struggle against a more imminent threat, as children today stumble upon obscene material on the Internet at an alarming rate.

“Many children are getting addicted to pornography because U.S. pornographers are providing free, obscene, illegal porn to kids online,” said MIM President Patrick Trueman.

Trueman noted that 11 years old is the average age of a child’s first exposure to pornography, “and for many it is earlier.”

“Sadly,” he noted, ”U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder refuses to enforce federal obscenity laws which would protect children.”

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pagansister

posted July 22, 2011 at 3:06 pm


Keep an eye on what the children are doing on the internet—-parents have a job to do and that is one of them. Probably not easy, but can be done.



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cknuck

posted July 25, 2011 at 1:26 pm


as many great empires before us sexual perversions become a focus, homosexuality becomes very important as the empire crumbles.



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Greg

posted October 2, 2011 at 1:40 pm


If Marlboro could give free cigarettes to kids, would the govt act? I dare say it would. Yes, we must protect free speech, but we live in a crazy time when anything and everything is considered free speech. “Give me liberty or give me death” is speech and needs to be protected. Money for political campaigns is money and political influence, not speech. And internet porn is porn and a commodity, not speech. Parents can’t protect their kids from everything. That’s one reason we have stoplights at intersections. Internet porn needs to be regulated. It should be available only if the adult who owns the computer allows it to be available on the computer, and even then with parental controls intact. Yes, we have parental controls now, but computer savvy kids can get around them. And when we Google a topic that has anything remotely to do with sex or sexuality, we shouldn’t get a bunch of porn sites in the results.



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Casha Royale

posted November 12, 2011 at 7:28 pm


“U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder refuses to enforce federal obscenity laws which would protect children.”

I’m not so sure Atty. Gen. Holder can enforce the federal of Saturday’s laws like Mr. Trueman wants because (1) the Internet is governed by the FCC and (2) current laws against obscenity are usually a matter of local jurisdiction, not federal.

As I am not a constitutional lawyer, I would love to hear what a legal mind with knowledge about this area has to say.



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