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Pornography Facts


  • An estimated $8-10 billion is spent annually by Americans for pornography.  This exceeds the combined gross of ABC, CBS, And NBC, which is  approx. 6.2 billion.

  • Two hundred million copies of Hustler, Penthouse, and Playboy are distributed in U.S. homes every year.

  • The combined circulation of Playboy and ;Penthouse exceeds that of Time and Newsweek.

  • The average age at which men first see Playboy or a similar magazine is 11 years of age.

  • A porn film can be made for only $20,000 to $125,000 and can make up to $2 million in profit from retail sales.

  • Laboratory studies have shown that viewing violent pornographic films can increase aggression against women.

  • In a 1985 study of 256 non-incarcerated perpetrators of sexual offenses who were undergoing treatment, 56% of rapists and 42% of women said they had been sexually abused by someone they knew as a direct result of this use of pornography.

  • The actual making of pornography involves violence and sexual assaults.  Linda Marchiano testified that she had been held at gunpoint to perform in the movie “Deep Throat”.

  • It is believed that 70% of women involved in pornography are survivors of incest or child sexual abuse.

  • It is estimated that 7% of the pornography industry in the US involves activity between children and other children and adults.

  • The child pornography industry makes $2-3 billion annually.

  • Hustler mag. Depicted children and average of 14.1 times per issue from 1953-1984.

    • 2/3 of child scenarios in these magazines were sexual and /or violent, mostly involving children from the ages of 3-11;  with 80% of the children actively involved.


The Effects of Pornography and Sexual Messages?

Many people think that pornography is just harmless fun and that it has no detrimental effects. However, it is virtually impossible not to be affected by pornography, legal or not, and the sexual messages that saturate our society today.

Shaping of Attitudes and Relationships

Research has shown that pornography and its messages are involved in shaping attitudes and encouraging behavior that can harm individual users and their families. Pornography use is often viewed in secret, which creates deception within marriages that can lead to divorce in some cases. In addition, pornography promotes the allure of adultery, prostitution and unreal expectations that can result in dangerous promiscuous behavior.

Young people growing up in our already overly sexualized culture are being exposed to sexually explicit material on a daily basis through network television, movies, music and the Internet. Children are being subjected to sexual material and messages before they are mentally prepared to understand or evaluate what they are viewing. In addition, the majority of sex education is taking place in the media, not in the home, church or school.

Below are some of the common, but false messages sent by our sexualized culture. Sex with anyone, under any circumstances, any way it is desired, is beneficial and does not have negative consequences. Women have one value - to meet the sexual demands of men. Marriage and children are obstacles to sexual fulfillment. Everyone is involved in promiscuous sexual activity, infidelity and premarital sex.

Pornography and Addiction

Not only is the pornography industry, as well as the mainstream media, filling consumers' heads with these false beliefs and attitudes, but studies have found that pornography can be highly addictive. In fact, Dr. Victor Cline, an expert on sexual addiction, found that there is a four-step progression among many who consume pornography.

Addiction: Pornography provides a powerful sexual stimulant or aphrodisiac effect, followed by sexual release, most often through masturbation. Escalation: Over time addicts require more explicit and deviant material to meet their sexual "needs." Desensitization: What was first perceived as gross, shocking and disturbing, in time becomes common and acceptable. Acting out sexually: There is an increasing tendency to act out behaviors viewed in pornography.The National Council on Sexual Addiction Compulsivity estimates that 6%-8% of Americans are sexual addicts.

Pornography and the Community

Sexually oriented businesses, such as strip clubs and massage parlors, attract crime to communities. In addition, the general content of pornography supports abuse and the rape myth (that women enjoy forceful sex) and serves as a how-to for sex crimes, primarily the molestation of children. Land Use Studies by the National Law Center for Children & Families show evidence of the correlation of adult businesses and crime. For example, in Phoenix neighborhoods where adult businesses were located, the number of sex offenses was 506 percent greater than in areas without such businesses. The number of property crimes was 43 percent greater, and the number of violent crimes, 4 percent greater.

Dr. Mary Anne Layden, director of education, University of Pennsylvania Health System, pointed out, "I have been treating sexual violence victims and perpetrators for 13 years. I have not treated a single case of sexual violence that did not involve pornography." Source: Gow, Haven Bradford. "Child Sex Abuse: America's Dirty Little Secret." MS Voices for Children. 3/2000


Child Pornography

Most will agree on the amount of harm caused by child pornography, which consists of photographs, videos, magazines, books and films that depict children engaged in sexual acts, all of which are illegal. Child pornography laws also include some child nudity, simulated sex involving children and material that is digitally-doctored to look like child porn. All production of these materials is an illegal and permanent record of the abuse or exploitation of children. The typical child molester befriends the child, often through Internet chat rooms, and, after building "trust," exposes the child to pornography. This is done in attempt to make the child think that this behavior is acceptable and to lure him or her to participate. The experience of exploitation and abuse becomes a lifelong struggle for the victim and leaves them with the fear that their photos are still out there.

Some of this information and more on pornography can be found on the Long Island Citizens for Community Values