August 15, 2016

Bethany Shares Her Story: It’s Not Just a “Guy Problem”

Twenty-four-year-old Bethany MacDonald says it isn’t just men who suffer because of online pornography. She says she became addicted and was unable to have relationships because of it.

Watch Her Explanation Here:

Bethany told BBC she first saw it when she was nine years old.

She said she became afraid of relationships and was watching it two or three times a day. Pornography served as her sexual education, she explained.

In a generation where pornography is so pervasive, Bethany’s bold decision to speak out pushes back against the misconception that pornography is just “a guy problem.”

Bethany speaks out to give hope to women addicted to porn.

A survey conducted by Barna Group found that teenage girls and young women are significantly more likely to actively seek out porn than women over age 25. One factor in this increase, could likely be the increased availability of pornography to children and teens through the Internet. Similar to Bethany, many people report that they first saw pornography by accident through pop-ups or mistakes in Internet searches.

If you, or someone you know, is struggling with pornography, there are several resources which you can find listed in our Resources Center.

Also, these resources below are designed specifically for women who are struggling with pornography:

Dirty Girls Ministries (DGM)

DGM offers online recovery groups, online community, accountability, and a coaching/consulting network for churches and individual women.

Christian Women and Porn – Guide to Breaking Free

Their book, “Christian Woman’s Guide to Breaking Free From Pornography,” and a free download of their 30-page eBook, “The Misery of Porn and the Joy of Purity.”

Beggar’s Daughter

A blog and resources to support Christian women fighting against their sexual addiction.

Haley Halverson

Director of Communications

Haley Halverson joined the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) as Director of Communications in May of 2015. Haley cares deeply about human rights and the issue of sexual exploitation, particularly regarding those exploited in the sex industry. In her role, Haley acts as a spokesperson for NCOSE and oversees strategic messaging development, press outreach, email marketing, and social media marketing. She is also the host of the “Sexploitation?” podcast, and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts at Johns Hopkins University.

Prior to working at NCOSE, Haley wrote for Media Research Center. Haley graduated from Hillsdale College (summa cum laude) where she double majored in Politics and interdisciplinary religious studies, and conducted a senior thesis on the abolitionist argument regarding prostitution. During her studies, she studied abroad at Oxford University and established a background in policy research through several internship experiences in the DC area.

Haley has spoken at the United Nations and has appeared on, or been quoted in, several outlets including the New York Post, BBC News, Fox News, the Washington Post, Voice of America, Dr. Drew Midday Live, The DeMaio Report, the New York Daily News, USA Radio Network, the Washington Times, CBC News, The Rod Arquette Show, the Christian Post, Lifeline with Neil Boron, EWTN News Nightly, KCBS San Francisco Radio, LifeSiteNews, The Drew Mariano Show on Relevant Radio, News Talk KGVO, and American Family News.

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