July 3, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In an interview published recently on YouTube by the Pink Cross Foundation, Sal, a former porn star, reveals the sad truth about the pornographic industry. 

In the heartbreaking video, Sal tells his story about how sexual abuse, which he suffered during his childhood, led him to the world of pornography.

“I grew up in San Fernando Valley, the world’s largest porn capital, where there are more than 550 pornography production companies,” he says.

He then goes on to tell how two gang members changed his life forever: “I was raped when I was 6. I never cried, never felt so much pain in my life. My whole life changed. I didn’t want to play with anyone. I became quiet. I can still feel the pain… I stopped being a boy.” 

When Sal entered middle school he started having sex for money. “I was having sex with all the students, and I would charge them for it, so I could have pocket money.” A family member introduced him to pornography when he was 15 and “by the age of 19, I’d already shot over 100 porn movies.”

“What I was really looking for was other people’s attention. I wasn’t happy. I thought I had everything, I had a lot of money, but I was miserable.” He then explains how prostitution and drugs came along with porn. “I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.” 

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Now, at the age of 24, Sal is rehabilitated from porn and drugs thanks to the ministry of Victory Outreach and the Pink Cross foundation, an organization dedicated to helping people with porn addiction. “I thank Victory Outreach and the Pink Cross Foundation for helping me out. I thank God for being always by my side.” 

The Pink Cross Foundation was started by former porn actress Shelley Lubben. It is dedicated to reaching out to adult industry workers, offering emotional, financial and transitional support.

Sal is just one of the countless teens and adults that have fallen into pornography. Statistics show that in the United States the average age of exposure to hardcore pornography is now 11 years old; that around 25% of all internet searches are for pornography; that 70% of men aged 18-24 visit porn sites in a typical month. In 2003 the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers revealed that 58% of their divorces were the result of a spouse looking at excessive amounts of pornography online.