Last week I found some intriguing statistics that were put out by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation and Covenant Eyes. In our extremely sexualized society these statistics show how devastating it is when our view of sexuality is anything less than what is given to us in God’s word. It is becoming evident that the the ongoing cry for “sex with no rules” is actually turning out to have destructive consequences on our families, our communities and ourselves. Consider this…
- More than a quarter of young adults, ages 25-30, first viewed pornography before puberty. (The Porn Phenomenon and Why You Should Care)
- Nearly half of young people, ages 13-24, actively seek out porn weekly or more. (The Porn Phenomenon and Why You Should Care)
- In a 2004 testimony before the U.S. Senate, Dr. Jill Manning shared her research, which found that 56 percent of divorce cases involved one party having an obsessive interest in pornographic websites. (Why Do People Cheat?)
- 55% of married men say they watch porn at least once a month, compared to 70% of not married men. (http://www.covenanteyes.com/pornstats/)
- 25% of married women say they watch porn at least once a month, compared to 16% of not married women. (http://www.covenanteyes.com/pornstats/)
- Those who had ever committed adultery are 218% more likely to look at porn. (http://www.covenanteyes.com/pornstats/)
- 68% of the divorces involved one party meeting a new lover over the Internet. (http://www.covenanteyes.com/pornstats/)
- 32% of teens admit to intentionally accessing nude or pornographic content online. Of these, 43% do so on a weekly basis. Only 12% of parents knew their teens were accessing pornography. (http://www.covenanteyes.com/pornstats/)
- New study[i]out of Indiana University and the University of Hawaii at Manoa – “Consumption [of pornography] was associated with sexual aggression in the United States and internationally, among males and females… Associations were stronger for verbal than physical sexual aggression, although both were significant.” (This Disturbing Side Effect of Porn Will Make You Reconsider Using It)
- Studieshave shown that adult exposure to pornography is associated with believing a rape victim enjoys rape. (Halverson)
- A new study, authored by John D. Foubert, from Oklahoma State University, and Ana J. Bridges, from the University of Arkansas shows – (Guidice)
- The use of Internet and other types of pornography is associated with a variety of sexually violent behavior
- Men’s use of pornography is strongly associated with acceptance of sexual violence
- Men who frequently use pornography are more likely to have perpetrated rape and other forms of sexual aggression
- UNICEF reports that across the world, there are over one million children entering the sex trade every year and that approximately 30 million children have lost their childhood through sexual exploitation over the past 30 years (Human Trafficking Program)
- $19 Billion generated annually on the street from human trafficking. (Statistics)
- Pornography decreases marital intimacy and sexual satisfaction (http://www.covenanteyes.com/pornstats/)
- “Adult females who have been exposed to pornography were more negative about their bodies and think their partners are more critical of their bodies.” (Layden)
So how does God’s word warn us about the destruction of sexual sin?
Let’s reflect on Proverbs 5:9-14.
9 lest you give your honor to others
and your years to the merciless,
10 lest strangers take their fill of your strength,
and your labors go to the house of a foreigner,
11 and at the end of your life you groan,
when your flesh and body are consumed,
12 and you say, “How I hated discipline,
and my heart despised reproof!
13 I did not listen to the voice of my teachers
or incline my ear to my instructors.
14 I am at the brink of utter ruin
in the assembled congregation.”
– Kyle Smith
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National Center on Sexual Exploitation. N.p., 1 Dec. 2016. Web. 12 Feb. 2016.
“Human Trafficking Program.” Human Trafficking. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2016.
Layden, Mary Anne. “Sexual Obesity: Research on the Public Health Crisis of Pornography.” (n.d.): n. pag. Web. 14 July 2015.
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“The Porn Phenomenon and Why You Should Care – Groundbreaking
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