April 9, 2015

1 in 10 Kids Fear They Are Addicted

A new study recently just came out that is highly alarming. The NSPCC ChildLine survey found that a tenth of 12 to 13-year-olds shared that they are  fearful of being “addicted” to pornography. One out of ten of these young boys and girls are saying that they think they have a problem with or dependency to pornography!

One in five of the 700 children (18 percent) surveyed reported to have seen pornographic images that “shocked or upset them.” The survey also reported that 12 percent of those surveyed, had taken part in, or had made, a sexually explicit video.

As mother myself, I am horrified and terrified! Look at the world we are giving our kids. We must do more!

The fact that children are sharing their fears of addiction is not only appaling but needs to be a red flag to parents, public officials, and health experts.

This study reinforces what we already know to be true about the growing public health crisis of pornography: Pornography is just as addictive as any drug. The younger a child gets involved with porn, the more dangerous it becomes.  We must protect out children from the hypersexualized media and culture that tells our kids that sexual violence and high-risk behaviors are healthy and normal. We must protect innocence!

Porn addictive as drug


  • To learn more about the harms of pornography and what you can do to help protect kids, please visit our new Resource Center here.
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Dawn Hawkins

Senior Vice President and Executive Director

Dawn Hawkins is a passionate abolitionist and defender of human rights who has dedicated her life to fighting against societal harms that threaten the dignity of others. Her energy, creativity and mobilization skills have revived the anti-pornography movement and her intentional emphasis on the intersectionality of forms of sexual exploitation has proven a unique and effective strategy for curbing them.


As Sr. Vice President and Executive Director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), Mrs. Hawkins has developed a global strategy uniting more than 300 women’s rights, conservative, child advocacy, medical professionals, law enforcement, and religious groups, including a bipartisan political leadership, to work together in raising awareness of the connections between all forms of sexual exploitation. Her initiatives have lead to sweeping policy changes of policies that foster exploitation for targets such as Google, Hilton Worldwide, Comcast, Walmart, and the Department of Defense. Through her leadership, NCOSE has grown a network reaching hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. Mrs. Hawkins has appeared on many local and national television programs, including CNN, Fox & Friends, and Good Morning America. She regularly authors articles and speaks around the country addressing the public health harms of pornography, curbing demand for sex trafficking, protecting children and families in our digital world, and more.

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