Pornography and Sex Crimes Essay

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Pornography and Sex Crimes



Pornography and Sex Crimes
“What is going on?” were the only words I could pull from my shaking mouth. I will never
forget the pain in my gut when I opened the door to find my nine-year-old sister watching
a porno. “I found it in Billy’s room and wanted to see what it was, I’m sorry Jes.” As I
watched tears role down her face, a feeling of rage exploded within me. It was then that
I realized that pornography is not only being watched by adults, but being explored by our
youth as well. What has our society come to, and what role does pornography play in it?
It’s definitely not the positive outlet. I believe pornography can be dangerous because
it dehumanizes family values, and leads to vicious acts of violence.

1. Family Values
The stone first strikes at the very heart of family values. It presents behavior that is
immoral and sinful as acceptable. Pornography makes premarital sex, adultery, and a
variety of other perversions not only permissible, but attractive. It encourages both
male and female homosexuality, which are lifestyles that are not acceptable to many
people.

It is not only those who come into direct contact with pornography that are affected. The
ripples spread, and with them the effects of smut on the community as a whole. The
Pontifical Council’s report cited strong evidence that obscene materials “corrode human
relationships, exploit individuals (especially women and young people), undermine marriage
and family life, foster anti-social behavior and weaken the moral fiber of society
itself.”

Even nonviolent pornography is harmful according to a study by Dr. Dolf Zillman and Dr.
Jennings Bryant. After weeks of exposure to soft-core material, those who participated in
the experiment said they felt “less satisfied with their partner’s sexual performance,
affection and physical appearance.” After assessing the results of Zillman and Bryant’s
study, sex addiction expert Dr. Cline concluded that “this world suggest that the
consumption of pornography erodes material values and the institution of marriage itself.”
This may be borne out by escalating divorce rates over the years in which pornography has
flourished.

2. Young Sex Offenders
Not only does pornography attack family values, but it also leads many to violence. Dr.
Victor Cline conducted a pilot study for the U.S. Department of Justice on the effects of
Dial-A-Porn. He found that “in every case, without exception, the children became hooked
on this sex by phone and kept going back for more.” He thought the conclusion was
inescapable. He believed Dial-A-Porn had an “addiction effect.” Police statistics
indicate that an increasing number of young people addicted to hard-core pornography are
acting out what they have learned. Recent cases include sexual assault on a two-year-old
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