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THE LAST WORD

Are your children addicted to pornography? Are you?

Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 12:01 am

It is said that 90 percent of children from ages 8-16 have viewed Internet pornography.

Youth for Christ is one organization trying to stop the moral collapse of America’s youth. At Monday’s Fort Wayne Area Youth for Christ 2012 Piece Rally fundraising event at Memorial Coliseum, it was stated that the average age young people first see pornography is 9.

Studies and their findings present all kinds of numbers. But even the lowest figures are alarming. And the results of studies no doubt get worse every year. More examples: The largest consumers of Internet pornography are boys ages 12-17; 12 percent of all websites are porn sites.

Pornography is the latest youth drug, Remedy-FM executive director Clinton Faupel told the more than 900 people at the YFC event. And if you read anything about pornography addiction and what it does to lives and to families, you’ll understand that statement.

Online sexual activity is “a hidden public health hazard exploding, in part because very few are recognizing it as such or taking it seriously.” So said Jill Manning, an expert in the field of sexual addictions, in testimony at a hearing on pornography’s impact on marriage and the family before the U.S. Senate.

The National Council on Sexual Addiction Compulsivity estimated that 6-8 percent of Americans are sex addicts. Some say the number is 10 percent.

Last year the American Society of Addiction Medicine issued a public statement including sexual behavior addiction in terms of brain changes. Other new studies also came out saying Internet pornography use shows the same fundamental brain changes seen in other addicts of drugs.

Pornography, like drugs, is a multibillion-dollar enterprise, and the cost in lives doesn’t matter to those raking in the profits. Pornographers are profiting from a culture that accepts them.

Statistics show 50 percent of America’s pastors view pornography regularly. While as many as 70 percent of men 18-34 visit a porn site in a typical month, one in three women view porn as well. What kind of example is that to our kids? Especially when nearly 40 percent of adults say that pornography is morally acceptable.

How many husbands and fathers, teachers and pastors, even wives and mothers, become mired in the quicksand of sexual addiction?

How many of our kids?

Is it any wonder our middle school-age children engage in “sexting” (sending nude or seminude photos of themselves over their cellphones) or actual sex acts? Is it any wonder there are teen pregnancies, sexual abuse, pedophiles, rape, extramarital affairs, divorce and broken families?

But YFC can’t solve it alone. Adults must get their heads on straight now and go to work living for something more than their own sexual indulgences.

Kerry Hubartt is editor of The News-Sentinel.