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

Chief Executive Officer

Dawn Hawkins is CEO of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, the leading organization exposing the connections between all forms of sexual exploitation, including sex trafficking, prostitution, pornography, and child sexual abuse. Dawn’s energy, creativity and mobilization skills are deployed to build a world free from sexual violence, with freedom and human dignity for all.

Dawn is deeply committed to bipartisan political solutions at the federal and state level. Her issue expertise, visionary initiatives, and innovative strategy have led to groundbreaking change in the legislative arena and in multimillion-dollar corporate policies.

Dawn has been instrumental in re-imaging the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. She has centered the need to address buyer demand for commercial sex, called out corporate entities facilitating exploitation through the annual Dirty Dozen List, fostered an international movement, and constantly: advocates for survivors. Her work has sparked change at Google, Hilton Worldwide, Comcast, Walmart, the Department of Defense, Instagram, TikTok, and other influential firms. Dawn has appeared on many 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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