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Tales of Addiction Kick Off Victims of Porn Month


A group of family activists and elected officials kicked off “Victims of Pornography Month” Tuesday with testimony about how an addiction to pornography can ruin lives.

Washington ( - A group of family activists and elected officials kicked off “Victims of Pornography Month” Tuesday with testimony about how an addiction to pornography can ruin lives.

Vicki Burress, national coordinator of the Victims of Pornography Campaign, told reporters, “Pornography is not a victimless crime. It is the most vulnerable who are at risk from pornography’s damaging effects.”

Burress announced the start of a nationwide advertising campaign aimed at helping pornography addicts and those victimized by porn, as well as a multi-state legislative effort to pass laws regulating sexually-oriented businesses.

Studies have shown that with the explosion of Internet-based pornography, the average age of first contact with porn for males has dropped from 11 to five, and more than 4 million men view pornography Web sites every night. A government-funded study on the topic concluded that 87 percent of molesters of girls and 77 percent of molesters of boys admit to regular use of hard-core pornography.

Also, a recent Family Research Council study found that 70 percent of the children who access pornography do so from their school or local library.

Rep. Steve Largent (R-OK) said that under the Clinton administration, prosecutions for obscenity and porn distribution have dropped by nearly 75 percent.

“With this Justice Department, there’s never been a better time to be in the porn industry,” said Largent, who also indicated that congressional hearings on the topic are planned for late spring.

Jan LaRue, a domestic policy advisor for the Family Research Council, one of the groups sponsoring the initiative, said that internet filters at public libraries were necessary to stop children from accessing pornography, and blamed the American Library Association for opposing the use of filters.

“Our libraries have become virtual peep shows, which are open to children,” because of ALA’s opposition to filters, said LaRue.

Kimberly Drake, head of the Spokane, WA, affiliate for Citizens for Community Values, told reporters of her two-and-a-half years of work as a stripper — a profession that her husband, a porn addict, encouraged her to enter — which she said lead her into a life of drug and sexual addiction.

“During that time, I witnessed prostitution, I participated in drug use and sales and bought drugs from the managers in the clubs,” said Drake. “The managers participated in the prostituting of girls, though they would not admit any of that if it were asked.”


Torres, Justin. "Tales of Addiction Kick Off Victims of Porn Month." (May 2, 2000).


Justin Torres is a staff writer with

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