At the 2014 Summit for the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation (CESE), Dr. Mary Anne Layden gave this keynote address. In it, she reviews the scientific research on the harms of pornography, highlighting the most helpful studies and what they reveal. Dr.Layden also provides a critique of those studies proclaiming pornography’s benefits.
Dr. Layden is a psychotherapist and Director of Education at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the Director of the Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program. She specializes in the treatment of victims and perpetrators of sexual violence and sexual addiction.
The Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation (CESE) is focused on bringing a variety of people together to solve and end the complex social issue of sexual exploitation and its associated companion – pornography. In order to do this, it unites the efforts of like-minded organizations and leaders across the world in a loose coalition. As of September, 2014 there are 280 national, state and local organizations in the Coalition.