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Porn is reaching dangerous new lows with gang rape, violence

The brutal murder of an Indian woman is the latest example of how young minds are being perverted.
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December 9, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) -- I fully understand if some regular readers of this column grow weary of my insistence on highlighting the radioactive evil that is digital porn at least once a month, but due to porn’s unbelievable and insidious impact on our culture and our youth, I believe that we cannot be reminded of this omnipresent poison too often. As I noted in October, one of the most popular videos on that platform of rape and female suffering depicted a girl getting raped by her step-brother while she pleaded with him to stop.

PornHub, as most of you know, is fully aware of the fact that it is reaching children with such videos and openly gloats about it on their social media accounts. In fact, its marketing department recently posted a meme to its Instagram account showing a tiny Star Wars creature huddled with wide eyes in front of a screen, the PornHub logo reflecting in his pupils. The caption: “10 seconds after my parents leave the house.” You’d think a little humility would be in order after it was discovered that porn videos of a missing minor were uploaded to the site earlier this year, but corruption and misery is PornHub’s product.

So I wasn’t surprised when I spotted another gut-wrenching story that highlights pornography’s complicity in spawning rape culture — and its reputation for providing films featuring the destruction of the feminine on demand. Earlier this month, India was rocked by yet another story of a brutal rape and murder. This time, it was a young assistant veterinarian who was kidnapped by a group of men who had punctured the tire of her scooter and dragged her to a compound where she was gang-raped and then killed. The four perpetrators then doused her body with gasoline, set it on fire, and threw her into a culvert beneath a highway.

All four men have since been tracked down and arrested, and widespread outrage has led to promises from the local government that the case will be tried in a fast-track court in an attempt to calm furious protesters demanding justice. The death of another young victim — she was in her mid-20s — has simply added to an already growing outcry. India’s rape epidemic has been making international headlines now for several years, and each new case emphasizes that it has not yet been halted and that there is more work to do.

Last year, one human rights activist wrote a column in The Guardian highlighting the connection between India’s rape epidemic and violent online pornography, pointing out that in virtually every case, pornography had been a key factor. This connection was revealed once again in the case of the murdered veterinarian: According to India Today, the name of the rape victim “is the number one trend on a porn website that’s quite popular in India … The website in question has different homepages for different countries, with the homepage of each country throwing up pornographic videos most popular in the region.”

And as it turns out, many porn consumers want to experience what happened to the poor victim themselves: “Tap on the ‘India’ version, browse to the ‘Trends’ section and bang — right there at the top is (the) name of the Telangana woman veterinary doctor who was trapped, gang-raped, smothered and set on fire by four men last week.” Many men are so used to massive porn sites providing them with videos of rape and abuse that they must have assumed some helpful porn producer may have gotten his hands on some footage of the crime, or perhaps had already shot a re-enactment for their enjoyment.

And why not? Rape videos are prime content for porn giants like PornHub, which features incest abuse, young girls getting sexually assaulted, and mock white slaveowners raping black women as a matter of course. Violent porn is the most popular material, and the product both creates the demand and then feeds it, spawning an insatiable sexual desire for evil that is never sated until it destroys our very souls.

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Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer, and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages and published widely online as well as print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator and others. He has received an award for combating anti-Semitism in print from the Jewish organization B’nai Brith. His commentary has been featured on CTV Primetime, Global News, EWTN, and the CBC as well as dozens of radio stations and news outlets in Canada and the United States.

He speaks on a wide variety of cultural topics across North America at universities, high schools, churches, and other functions. Some of these topics include abortion, pornography, the Sexual Revolution, and euthanasia. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Simon Fraser University, and is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Jonathon’s first book, The Culture War, was released in 2016.