March 16, 2020

STATEMENT – Orlando Bloom is Right that Porn is Destructive

Washington, DC (March 16, 2020) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation commended actor Orlando Bloom for saying that pornography is destructive.

“Porn is super-disruptive to your sex life, to your libido. They’ve done the studies, they can’t find any kids who don’t watch it…It’s just so destructive,” Bloom said in an interview with The Times.

“It takes courage to publicly state the truth that pornography is destructive and harmful, and we commend Orlando Bloom for using his influence to warn others,” said Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. “He is one of many public figures to speak out on the harmful trends in, or impacts of, pornography, including Cardi B, Terry Crews, Russell Brand, Kanye West, and more. Further, 15 states have now formally recognized its public health harms.”

“Numerous studies and research have found mainstream pornography—with its common themes of incest, racism, and violence against women—is linked to negative impacts on the brain and sexual development, and is driving harms such as offline sexual violence, increased sex trafficking, and more.

“The infiltration of pornography into online websites and apps has led to increasing numbers of children who are exposed, and the effects on young minds can be detrimental. Pornhub – which requires no legitimate forms of age-verification from users who are uploading content – is fueling demand for sexual abuse material by offering Italians free access to premium hardcore pornography content which includes themes of incest, child/teen, sexual abuse.

“The normalization of pornography has helped suppress the truth about its widespread harms and Orlando Bloom has taken a bold step to confront this,” said Hawkins.

National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Founded in 1962, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is the leading national organization exposing the links between all forms of sexual exploitation such as child sexual abuse, prostitution, sex trafficking and the public health crisis of pornography.

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