May 6, 2010

Kill the .XXX Domain – Start a War on Pornography Instead

NEWS RELEASE from MORALITY IN MEDIA, Inc.

Washington, D.C., May 6, 2010.  “The .XXX domain should be killed and a stake driven through its heart so it never rises again,” said Patrick Trueman, former U.S. Department of Justice pornography prosecutor.

For more than ten years, the promoter of this new porn domain for the Internet has tried to get the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the Internet governing agency, to establish an additional place on the Internet for access to pornography, Trueman noted.  “Not one sound argument has been put forward for why the world needs more Internet pornography.”

Trueman said, “What is needed instead of an .XXX domain is a war on pornography.” The public, should call a halt to widespread distribution of pornography because of the terrible harm such material is causing.  “There are four major harms from pornography, harm to children, violence against women, addiction to men women and children and increased sex trafficking.”  He outlined these harms:

1.  It is causing great harm to children who have easy access to hardcore porn as
soon as they are on computers.  Also, men looking at porn are deviating to
harder and harder material to get a sexual high and many are turning to child
porn and child molestation.

2.  Violence against women is now a feature in most hardcore films and this is
developing violent attitudes towards women and girls, according to research.

3.  Addiction to pornography is now an untreated pandemic.  The brain science
research on pornography demonstrates that men are never satisfied with what
they see in porn and thus are driven to consume more and more until addiction
develops.

4.  Finally, pornography leads many to act out what the see and that is leading to
an increase in prostitution.  So much prostitution today involves sexually
trafficked women and girls.  The research on children involved in commercial
sex is staggering with studies indicating that approximately 250,000 juveniles
are involved in trafficking.  Large numbers of foreign and domestic adult
women are also trafficked to meet the demand for prostitution.

Trueman also noted that countless marriages are breaking up because of pornography and sexual promiscuity among the young is growing.  He cited the new cell phone trend called “sexting” as evidence of promiscuity.  “Sexting is primarily a matter of children producing and distributing child pornography,” an exceedingly alarming development in America.  Trueman said he believes that kids involved in sexting are steeped in Internet pornography for years before they begin producing and distributing it.  Their normal inhibitions have been destroyed, he said.

Trueman is leading a nationwide effort called the War on Illegal Pornography, designed to get the U.S. Department of Justice to enforce Federal laws against illegal pornography.  The Department is not enforcing Federal laws that prohibit distribution of hardcore pornography on the Internet, on cable/satellite or hotel/motel pay-per-view TV and in retail shops.  The War on Illegal Pornography, Trueman noted is a coalition effort lead by Morality in Media and has more than 50 concerned national and state groups involved to date.  A new website called Pornography Harmshttp://pornharms.com has been developed to provide the most accurate peer-reviewed research on the harm from pornography.  “Education on the devastating harm from pornography is critical to our efforts to get Federal laws enforced, Trueman said.

To stop the .XXX domain, comments may be emailed to icm-options-report@icann.org by May 10.

Patrick Trueman served ast the Chief of the U.S. Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) under Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

Headquartered in New York City, MORALITY IN MEDIA works through constitutional means to curb traffic in illegal obscenity. 

Author: MIM   05/06/2010

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