Utah State Legislature Calls Out Porn

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by Rodney Pelletier  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  April 19, 2016   

State legislature says "pornography perpetuates a sexually toxic environment"

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SALT LAKE CITY (ChurchMilitant.com) - The Utah state legislature is declaring pornography a public health crisis — calling it an epidemic.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 9 (SCR9) asserts that "the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein, recognizes that pornography is a public health hazard leading to a broad spectrum of individual and public health impacts and societal harms."

It goes on to say the state government recognizes "the need for education, prevention, research, and policy change at the community and societal level."

The document outlines how porn is a public health crisis, beginning with the hypersexualization of children and their ability to find pornography at such a young age.

It was reported earlier that in 2015 over 11 billion hours of porn was watched on the Internet. The United States has the highest number of pageviews, with the United Kingdom, India, Canada and Germany following behind. American consumers account for over 41 percent of global Internet traffic. Also, porn is no longer the vice of men. In the United States nearly a quarter of people who use pornography are women.

The group Covenant Eyes published a report detailing porn statistics for 2015. The statistics back up many of SCR9's conclusions. It reinforces the facts that early exposure to porn leads to low self-esteem and body image disorders and that it teaches boys to treat women as objects and normalizes the violence and abuse of women — even depicting rape as harmless.

It reveals that "pornography equates violence towards women and children with sex and pain with pleasure, which increases the demand for sex trafficking, prostitution, child sexual abuse images, and child pornography."

Governor Gary Herbert signed the resolution on March 29.

A day earlier, House Bill 155 was signed into law, stating computer technicians are required to report any child pornography found on any computer they service. It goes on to say the "willful failure to report" child pornography is a punishment of up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine per infraction — the same punishment for resisting arrest and DUI. It also provides "immunity" for a technician who reports or doesn't report in good faith.

Utah is not alone in its judgment. The U.S. Department of Justice noted, "Never before in the history of telecommunications media in the United States has so much indecent (and obscene) material been so easily accessible by so many minors in so many American homes with so few restrictions."

Watch Michael Voris discuss the epicemic of pornography on ChurchMilitant's "Mic'd Up: Fifty Shades of Black."

 

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