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New website to examine harms of pornography ‘pandemic’
Patrick Trueman, former chief of the U.S. Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section.
Patrick Trueman, former chief of the U.S. Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section.

.- A new website called Pornography Harms has been launched to provide access to credible, peer-reviewed research documenting the ill effects of pornography. The site was created by Patrick Trueman, a former chief of the U.S. Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section.

Trueman described the site as “a one-stop location for sound research, news articles and opinion pieces” discussing the harmful effects of pornography.

“Since the advent of the internet, pornography has flooded homes, businesses, public libraries, and even schools. The results have been devastating to the social and family fabric of America," Trueman added.

He said that for nearly two decades a large segment of American children have had easy access to internet pornography. The latest trend of children producing and distributing pornographic images via cell phone, called “sexting,” may be an outgrowth of the regular viewing of internet pornography.

The habit may result in diminishing children’s natural inhibitions against such activity.

"Pornography, in other words, is altering minds, destroying taboos, and reordering society," Trueman continued, adding that pornography addiction is now common among men, women and even children.

Pornography use is a significant factor in divorce, a contributing cause of the spread of prostitution, and the sexual trafficking of adults and children.

The web site Pornography Harms uses research work from a multi-disciplinary group of professionals and concerned citizens.

"Pornography is a neglected pandemic and it will remain so until knowledge of its destructive forces is widely understood and disseminated. The Pornography Harms website is dedicated to this task of education," Trueman said.

The site’s address is http://pornharms.com.

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