Pornography: A Public Health Crisis

Pornography: A Public Health Crisis

August 03, 2016 12:00 ET
Addiction is most commonly discussed in the context of substance abuse, but in recent years, mental health professionals have also recognized other compulsive, destructive behaviors as warranting the designation. Recently, over the protest of those who advocate for radical sexual license, leading experts across a variety of disciplines agreed that pornography use is, in fact, addictive and a public health crisis. It is now evident that what has long been classified as a harmless, personal expression of sexuality is actually a behavior that is destructive not only to the addict, but also to his or her community. From an addict's spouse to a trafficked teen on the other side of the country

Addiction is most commonly discussed in the context of substance abuse, but in recent years, mental health professionals have also recognized other compulsive, destructive behaviors as warranting the designation. Recently, over the protest of those who advocate for radical sexual license, leading experts across a variety of disciplines agreed that pornography use is, in fact, addictive and a public health crisis.

It is now evident that what has long been classified as a harmless, personal expression of sexuality is actually a behavior that is destructive not only to the addict, but also to his or her community. From an addict's spouse to a trafficked teen on the other side of the country or the world, pornography consumption and addiction makes victims of many, degrading and commodifying human beings along its destructive path. It is for this reason that the National Center on Sexual Exploitation is using a multifaceted approach, calling on the media, legislators, and businesses to join them in exposing and responding to this public health crisis. Join FRC and the NCOSE's Haley Halverson to learn more about the effort to reveal the consequences of pornography addiction and combat the industry that fuels it.

Haley Halverson joined the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) as Director of Communications in May of 2015. Haley cares deeply about human rights and the issue of sexual exploitation, particularly regarding those exploited in the sex industry. In her role, Haley acts as a spokesperson for NCOSE and oversees strategic messaging development, press outreach, email marketing, social media marketing, and creative video production.

Prior to working at NCOSE, Haley wrote for the Media Research Center. Haley graduated from Hillsdale College (summa cum laude) where she double majored in Politics and interdisciplinary religious studies, 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 internship experiences in the DC area. Haley has appeared on, or been quoted in, multiple media outlets including Voice of America, the New York Post, the Washington Post, USA Radio Network, the Washington Times, the Christian Post, EWTN News Nightly, LifeSiteNews, and American Family News.

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Addiction is most commonly discussed in the context of substance abuse, but in recent years, mental health professionals have also recognized other compulsive, destructive behaviors as warranting the designation. Recently, over the protest of those who advocate for radical sexual license, leading experts across a variety of disciplines agreed that pornography use is, in fact, addictive and a public health crisis.

It is now evident that what has long been classified as a harmless, personal expression of sexuality is actually a behavior that is destructive not only to the addict, but also to his or her community. From an addict's spouse to a trafficked teen on the other side of the country or the world, pornography consumption and addiction makes victims of many, degrading and commodifying human beings along its destructive path. It is for this reason that the National Center on Sexual Exploitation is using a multifaceted approach, calling on the media, legislators, and businesses to join them in exposing and responding to this public health crisis. Join FRC and the NCOSE's Haley Halverson to learn more about the effort to reveal the consequences of pornography addiction and combat the industry that fuels it.

Haley Halverson joined the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) as Director of Communications in May of 2015. Haley cares deeply about human rights and the issue of sexual exploitation, particularly regarding those exploited in the sex industry. In her role, Haley acts as a spokesperson for NCOSE and oversees strategic messaging development, press outreach, email marketing, social media marketing, and creative video production.

Prior to working at NCOSE, Haley wrote for the Media Research Center. Haley graduated from Hillsdale College (summa cum laude) where she double majored in Politics and interdisciplinary religious studies, 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 internship experiences in the DC area. Haley has appeared on, or been quoted in, multiple media outlets including Voice of America, the New York Post, the Washington Post, USA Radio Network, the Washington Times, the Christian Post, EWTN News Nightly, LifeSiteNews, and American Family News.

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