Letter: Porn’s damage should not be taken lightly
By Peggy Hoyt
Nov. 1, 2014
To the Editor:
This week, Oct. 26-Nov. 1, is WRAP Week. Here is more information on pornography and its effect on marriages.
Morality in Media, Inc., has entered another fight to save marriages where the husband starts “dabbling” in porn and soon becomes emotionally detached from his marriage.
Facts: One married couple gets divorced every 13 seconds in the U.S., making a record 146,000 divorces each week; 31 percent of first marriages end in divorce; over 60 percent of second marriages and 73 percent of third marriages will fail.
Forty-five percent of American children are being raised without full-time fathers; half of American children will witness the breakup of their parents’ marriages.
But the toll isn’t just heartbreak and emotional pain. It’s financial problems, or alcohol abuse. It’s crime.
Morality in Media is leading a three-pronged effort to protect American marriages from porn by:
- Forcing the government to enforce the law.
- Research and education on the dangers of pornography.
- Providing resources and support to those affected by pornography.
We the people must stop this madness by forcing officials to enforce laws already on the books; educating the public about the dangers of porn and helping those who have been affected by porn. Our marriages depend on it.
The subject of sex trafficking has yet to be addressed. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, from 2001-’05 there were about 100,000 to 150,000 sex slaves in the U.S. In the last few months, stories about trafficked underage girls pimped at the Super Bowl and NCAA events have hit the news.
Sadly, too many of us who have never been told the truth about what’s happening just shrug their shoulders, thinking it’s “not a big deal.” As a result, politicians and law enforcement follow suit, creating the perfect environment for both pornographers and sex traffickers to run wild.
Good news: Morality in Media has a website, www.stoptraffickingdemand.com enabling them to:
- Collect and share heartbreaking stories from women and girls who had horrible experiences.
- Educate the public and organizations who fight sex trafficking about the central role pornographers’ smut plays in this madness.
- Distribute hard-hitting videos and easy to understand handouts about pornography’s harm.
- Provide a simple way concerned citizens can immediately contact their elected officials about this critical issue.
Morality in Media has created the Coalition to Stop Sexual Exploitation and we the people must join this fight.