WRAP Week Fact: Affects on Relationships and Families

“I do not understand how human beings can be using and denigrating women in one area of their life and claiming to love and cherish a woman in another area of their life.”

– Dr. Jill C. Manning,
Marriage & Family Therapist, specializes in research and clinical work on pornography and sexual behavior


  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, during which surveyed lawyers claimed that an “obsessive interest in Internet pornography” was a significant factor in 56% of their divorce cases.
  • A 2004 study published in the Social Science Quarterly found that pornography use increases the marital infidelity rate by more than 300%.
  • Many partners feel that pornography is a devastating betrayal and describe pornography as just as painful or more painful that what we describe as a traditional affair/infidelity.
  • More than 50% of those engaged in “sexual Internet interactions” had lost interest in sexual intercourse. 1/3 of their partners had lost interest as well.
  • Erectile dysfunction caused by desensitization by an over-stimulating sexual appetite and a lack of physical sensation, desire, or intimacy with their partner.
  • Those who engage a prostituted person will have been viewing porn and need to escalate to human contact in a way their partner would not agree to.
  • Addiction to pornography has resulted in: 40% of “sex addicts” lost their spouse; 58% suffered considerable financial losses; 1/3 lost their jobs.
  • Severe clinical depression was reported twice as frequently among Internet pornography users compared to non-users.

“I can’t overemphasize the trauma part of it. It changes the way they view their partner. The damage that has been done changes the way they view themselves.”

– Dr. Dorothy Maryon, LPC,
specializes in partners’ issues associated with sexual addiction in marriage

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