PORNOGRAPHY THE PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS OF THE DIGITAL AGE

A large and growing body of scientific evidence shows that pornography is a problem of sexual violence, addiction, and disease with serious consequences for the health of women, men, and children. Youth are growing up in an increasingly sexualized culture that is heavily influenced by the pornography industry.

THE FACTS: MAINSTREAM PORN IS FREE, HARDCORE, AND HARMING CHILDREN AND YOUTH

  • Porn sites get more visitors each month than Netflix, Amazon and Twitter combined, with Pornhub alone receiving 21.2 billion visits in 2015.
  • 35% of all internet downloads are pornographic.
  • Pornography has become a primary source of information about sex and a significant factor influencing sexual behaviors, especially among children and adolescents.
  • 93% percent of boys between 12 and 17 go online.
    A third of them have unmonitored computer access.
  • “Teen Porn” searches more than tripled between 2005-2013.
    In 2015, “Teen” was the second most popular search term worldwide, but searches for “step dad and daughter” and “extreme gangbang” increased 307% and 275%, respectively.
  • 88% of scenes in top-rented and selling porn have been found to contain physical aggression, and in almost half, verbal aggression. Men were the perpetrators 70% of the time, while women were the targets 94% of the time.
  • Females are far more likely than males to be sexualized in the media. The sexualization of girls through media, interpersonal relationships, and self-objectification appears to be increasing. Consequences include harm to girls’ ability to develop healthy self-esteem and sexuality, an over-valuing of physical appearance, and endorsement of sexual stereotypes that depict women as sexual objects.

“I’ve had GPs tell me about the injuries they are seeing in young girls when they have been forced or coerced to do what is in porn videos... The girls in the video all appear to like it, so girls just think that’s how sex is.”

Susan McLean, Australian Cyber-Safety Advisor

“We see a lot of horrible sexual assault cases. The violence seems to be getting more brutal. The women tell us the men sometimes use pornography during the rapes, or videotape the assault as it’s in progress.”

Medical Doctor and Culture Reframed Advisory Board Member, New York, NY