October 5, 2015

This 12 Year Old Boy Is Speaking Out About the Danger of Porn Addiction

Canadian TV show, W5, recently ran a story on today’s hardcore internet porn and its potential impact on children.

And it’s primary interviewee was 12 years old.

This young boy, Joseph, was first exposed to internet porn at the age of nine. Pornographic pop-ups on gaming websites, and the easy ability to find more images through Google searches, gave way to a full-blown addiction. He described his experience, stating: “It felt like my stomach was rotting from the inside out.”

He began to realize that he was becoming desensitized to the explicit images, and that he was developing an escalating need for more extreme material. As research shows, pornography can change the brain like a drug, so that a larger or more extreme dose is necessary to get the same “high” as before.

“It’s an addiction, for sure. You get trapped in it, you crave it, and when you don’t have it you get side effects,” Joseph said, soberly.

The average age that children are exposed to porn is 11, and some experts suggest it could be as young as 9, which means that Joseph’s story is far from unique.

“Tell your parents, definitely talk to your parents and say ‘that pop-up happened, please help me’…” Joseph said, when asked what his message to other kids would be. “It’s definitely a world of secrecy, and a lot of the time I would feel like this is just me… [like] I’m the only one who has the problem, when really it’s the complete opposite…Deal with it as soon as you can, because it will eat you like an acid.”

If you, or a loved one of any age, is struggling with pornography you can find resources here.


 

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

*Trigger Warning: Short Descriptions of the Violence in Porn*

 

Haley McNamara (Halverson)

Vice President & Director, International Centre on Sexual Exploitation

Haley McNamara (formerly Halverson) is the Director of the International Centre on Sexual Exploitation in the UK, and a Vice President at the U.S. based National Center on Sexual Exploitation. She leads international efforts and joint campaigns to improve policies and education among global governing bodies, citizenry, and corporations regarding the full web of sexual exploitation issues. Her advocacy work has contributed to policy improvements in social media, online advertising, retail, and hotel industries. She has advocated at the United Nations, led international coalition campaigns, presented to Danish, Croatian and Rwandan government officials, and more

She is a former member of the Washington DC Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. This Committee advises DC Mayor Muriel Bowser on the multi-faceted continuum of the District of Columbia’s child welfare services, including prevention, early intervention, treatment, and sources of permanency.

Haley regularly speaks and writes on topics including child sexual abuse, sex trafficking, prostitution, sexual objectification, the exploitation of males, and more. She has presented before officials at the United Nations, as well as at several national symposia before influencers from the Department of Justice, Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Croatian government officials. She has provided training to Arlington County Child & Family Services on the social media grooming, recruitment, and advertising for sex trafficking. She has a Master of Arts in Government from Johns Hopkins University where she received honors for her thesis regarding the online commercial sexual exploitation marketplace.

Previously, Haley served for two years as Director of Communications for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation where she oversaw strategic messaging development, press outreach, email marketing, and social media marketing.

Prior to working at NCOSE, Haley wrote for a cultural media outlet. Haley graduated from Hillsdale College (summa cum laude) with a double major, and conducted a senior thesis on the abolitionist argument regarding prostitution. During her studies, she studied abroad at Oxford University and established a background in policy research through several internships in the DC area.

Haley has appeared on, or been quoted in, several outlets including the New York Times, NBC’s The Today Show, BBC News, New York Post, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Fox News, San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post, Yahoo News, Voice of America, Dr. Drew Midday Live, The DeMaio Report, the New York Daily News, the Washington Examiner, USA Radio Network, the Washington Times, CBC News, The Rod Arquette Show, The Detroit News, Lifezette, The Christian Post, Lifeline with Neil Boron, EWTN News Nightly, KCBS San Francisco Radio, LifeSiteNews, The Drew Mariano Show on Relevant Radio, News Talk KGVO, and American Family News.

She has written op-eds for the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, FoxNews.com, Washington Examiner, Townhall.com, Darling Magazine, the Daytona-Beach News Journal, and has been published in the Journal of Internet Law and the journal Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation and ViolenceShe has also contributed to a digital middle school curriculum regarding the links between sex trafficking and pornography as well as the public health impacts of sex trafficking.

She currently lives with her husband outside Cambridge, UK.

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