Share |After serving at LDS Family services and being exposed to many caught in the grip of pornography I have felt some drive to learn more about the problem, the remedy, etc. As part of my research I came across a podcast from Candeo. One of the main individuals involved is Mark Kastleman, a recovered porn addict, and a Mormon. I have read some of his other articles and been to see his lectures. He is quite a valuable source on this issue.
In episode 11 of their podcast is mentioned something called the Demark Experiment. This was a study that was conducted and reviewed over the years to determine any correlation that might exist between pornography use and sex crimes. At first, the study concluded that free access to pornography and live sex shows decreased the amount of sex crimes. But it was only years later when the results were studied that the police reporting was wrong. In fact, the study showed that there was in increase in sex crimes where lower standards or regulations existed. These findings were replicated in all other parts of the world in which a similar study was conducted. In some parts in Australia there was a 6 fold increase in sex crimes where liberal policies were in place.
Some european countries have considered a ban on violent sex pornography, and other restrictions on live sex shows as a result of these findings. Even the United States has come to similar results with their own research. But, as of yet, no major changes have been made. But what is the role of the government, any government, with an issue like pornography? One could argue that pornography use is a personal or private matter and therefore does not involve the government, but the evidence seems to prove the contrary. The evidence also seems to support the idea that positive results can come from more restrictions on this issue. Positive, meaning fewer sex crimes.
As with many actions in society, this will probably not fix the issue completely. Crime will still happen, people will still rape, and pedophilia will continue. How does one sit in the face of proven results and not act?
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