Background of the Study About Pornography

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Background of the Study
The pornography industry’s profit has been estimated by some analysts at over $14 billion dollars in the U.S. and is growing at an alarming rate. More than 4 million Web sites worldwide show images of children being sexually exploited, according to the U.N. investigator’s report on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography. (Najat M'jid Maalla, Sept. 16, 2009, U.N. investigator on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography) Among adults, 66 percent of men between the ages of 18-34 use online porn at least once a month. Nearly 9 out of 10 (87%) young men and nearly one third (31%) of young women reported using pornography. The pornography industry purposefully targets children today; due to the severely addictive nature of pornography, if kids get hooked on porn, they will be customers for life. Counselors have called addiction to pornography the "crack cocaine" of sex addiction because the use of the Internet to view pornography causes a rapid development of the addiction, one that is more difficult to overcome than cocaine or heroin addiction. According to Sex on TV 4, a Kaiser Family Foundation study (November, 2005), among the top 20 most popular shows among teens, 70% include sexual content and almost half (45%) include sexual behavior. An estimated 204.3 million people, or 74.9 percent of the U.S. population above the age of two and living in households equipped with a fixed-line phone, have Internet access (Nielson Media Research). 57% of U.S. Internet users incorrectly believe that when a website has a privacy policy, it protects their personal information from being shared with other sites or companies (Annenberg Center). Although no connection between legal porn viewing and criminal behavior has ever been proven, police have seen a steady increase in porn associated with crimes (Lt. Matt Bilodeau, spokesman for the Cache County Sheriff's Department, Associated Press, 10/17/04). The Church...
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