The way to wipe out porn exists – but the will doesn't

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

no porn symbolIn order for the #MeToo movement to achieve lasting change in culture, experts say the rotten core that's shaping how men and women interact has to be eliminated – and that means getting rid of pornography.

Emily Morales, 18, trusted disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar – not just to heal her injuries, but to give her emotional support in that ultra-competitive world. It was a double blow when she came to terms with her abuse.

"I was affected by Larry. He did hurt me and he hurt hundreds of other young women," Moralies testified. "He took away my innocence, and that is something I'll never be able to get back. I feel sick just thinking about it."

But by the time he sat in a courtroom and listened to young women by the dozens tell him and the whole world how he had ruined their lives, Nassar had already been sentenced to more than 60 years for filming and distributing child pornography.

Weiss

Daniel Weiss of The Brushfires Foundation explains that there's a long and sordid connection between sexual abuse and pornography – and not just among the famous.

"Young men are growing up seeing pornography as a normal version of sexual activities," he tells OneNewsNow. "And in order to have some kind of relationship, many young women – and even adult women – are feeling pressured to act out with their partners."

It's a sick dance, he says, that degrades both men and women – and despite its pervasiveness, Pat Trueman of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation says it's almost totally avoidable.

Trueman

"All of these porn channels that so many teenagers and children and, of course, adults spend hours in a day looking at? Those are illegal under federal law," says Trueman. "We have laws on the books right now – on the federal books and on 45 of 50 state books – that criminalize the distribution of hardcore pornography."

But the Obama administration didn't bring a single obscenity charge – and so far, neither has the Justice Department under President Trump.

"Porn harms," Trueman emphasizes, "and we have a public health crisis now, caused by pornography.

All that's lacking to solve it, he says, is political will.

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