Pornography and the Staggering Rise of Sexual Assaults in America

Pornography and the Staggering Rise of Sexual Assaults in America

As we witness the closely timed glorification of Hugh Hefner and the outrage directed at Harvey Weinstein, a realization becomes immediately clear:  There are many who do not clearly see the connection between the staggering rise in sexual assaults and the damaging effects of pornography on the human heart.  Pornography is an idol in the daily lives of so many – important and seemingly irreplaceable.  And it’s a driver of sexual assaults.

1 John 2:16:  “For everything in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – comes not from the Father but from the world.”

Our heart guides our will and actions.  It’s impossible to allow the gratification of every sexual desire in fantasy (through pornography), and to maintain strict limits of self-control in reality.  Pornography damages the condition of our hearts.  It shifts our perspectives about men and women.  It is especially devastating to our children, who are developing concepts of interpersonal relationships in still-maturing brains.  It’s equally dangerous inside and outside of marriage

One should not be shocked about the pervasiveness of sexual assaults in our schools, workplaces, and communities.  Certainly dismayed, angered, and sad!  But not shocked.  Pornography is forcefully, and not so quietly, driving this disheartening increase in sexual assault.

Proverbs 4:23:  “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

Every 98 seconds an American is sexually assaulted, including both men and women over the ages of 12.   There is an average of 321,000 victims of rape and sexual assault every year in our country.  Among our littlest Americans, Child Protective Services substantiated or found strong evidence that approximately 63,000 children a year had been sexually abused between 2009-2013.  1 out of every 6 American women have been a victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime.  (Source = RAINN, rainn.org/statistics)

These statistics are absolutely intolerable and, especially for the father of two young daughters, frankly horrifying.  The enemy is damaging our hearts, and driving an increase in sexual sin through the widespread availability and acceptance of pornography.

Porn sites receive more regular traffic than Netflix, Amazon, and Twitter combined.  In fact, 35% of ALL internet downloads are porn-related.  64% of young people (ages 13-24) actively seek pornography.  “A recent UK survey found that 44% of males ages 11-16 who viewed pornography reported that online pornography gave them ideas about the type of sex they wanted to try.”  The impact on our marriages and relationships is staggering.  It’s estimated that porn increases marital infidelity by more than 300%.  In fact, 56% of divorce cases involved one person “having an obsessive interest in pornographic websites.”  Equally scary is the fact that pornography also damages relationships between adults and children.  Child porn is a $3 billion industry.  624,000 child porn traders have been discovered online in the United States.  (Sources = “Fight the New Drug,” fightthenewdrug.org & “Encouraged in Heart,” encouragedinheart.org)

Psalm 51:10:  “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

Guard your heart from pornography.  We cannot control these overall statistics, but we certainly control our own lives and influence the lives of our family and friends.

Ultimately, Christ is the only solution for the sinfulness in this world.  Allow him to be the focus of your daily life.

Psalm 37:4:  “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

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