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Can’t beat your porn addiction? This new app may be for you

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May 29, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- Porn addicts sick of the smut and looking for a real way out of a deeply ingrained habit now have an awesome new app to help them in the battle.

“The fight for freedom from pornography is a battle you can win. But, every battle needs a plan,” say the developers of “Victory,” released this week for the iPhone.

“Victory,” available for free at Apple’s App Store, provides what its creators call a “strategic battle plan for liberty in the struggle against pornography.” The app along with a sleek website was created by LifeTeen’s Mark Hart and Catholic apologist and anti-porn speaker Matt Fradd.

“[This is] the app the porn industry does NOT want you knowing about,” Fradd tweeted on Wednesday when the app was officially launched.

So far, the app is generating an astounding number of users. On the first day of its release it was downloaded 1,500 times. Now, two days later, it has been downloaded 40,000 times.

The passcode protected app includes a daily check-in where users can learn to identify what triggers them to use porn and then learn to eliminate occasions leading to pitfalls. There is a calendar tracker where users can track their progress in the fight against porn. There is also an in-app journal that allows the user to reflect each day, celebrate victories, and learn from defeats.

Users will be able to view each month’s progress compared to previous months. They will be able to examine the month’s top triggers, thereby gaining self-knowledge, which the developers say is crucial in the battle against porn.

Most importantly, there is an “accountability button” where users can choose up to three accountability partners. In a moment of temptation, users can press the button and partners will be notified on their phones (even if they’re locked) that the user is in need of prayer. Partners can also periodically connect with the user to see how the battle is going. 

An in-app purchase for $1.99 gives the user access to “The Victory Book” consisting of over 50 snippets of wisdom to educate, inspire, and motivate the user when they are struggling. All money raised from the book goes right back into further developing the app. Developers are hoping to raise enough money to release an Android version this summer.

One piece of advice from the Victory Book encourages users to “shut the door” to occasions known by the user to lead to a fall. 

“The devil tends to enter through the doors we purposely leave open. Consider where your entry points are for the evil one. What ‘doors to your soul’ do you intentionally leave open to sin? Do you stay up late with no one else around? Do you have certain sites or favorite apps that only put more temptation in your path? Are your favorite shows or movies leading you toward light or surrounding you with darkness? Spend time on your phone, your computer, and in your room to delete and eliminate any entry points. Close the door of your heart (and your bedroom) to the devil and bar it shut... there’s no point in making your battle more difficult,” states the advice.

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Fradd, who is also the executive director of The Porn Effect, told LifeSiteNews that the app is targeted to both males and females, teens and young adults. The decision to stop using porn is a choice that can be learned, he said, but it is a moment-to-moment, day-to-day kind of choice.

“I think what's really important is that we stop looking at victory from pornography as a destination, and start viewing it more as a daily choice,” he said.

Reviews of the app appearing on the iTunes store have been all positive.

“I can't believe no one else thought of this marvelous idea in order to help others out there with addictions or just simple weakness against certain sins! It's a truly great reminder that we must always battle against temptation and stay away from it in every scenario. God bless those who made this app and help those who are in need of it so that they may hear of it and use it to be victorious over sin,” wrote one.

“Has everything I've ever wanted in an app!! I've tried to do what this app does using a combination of other apps but this does it all and it's free! It's awesome to see Christians using technology to step up in the way this app does!!! Get the app. Get accountable. Get freed. Get on the #Victory train,” wrote another identifying as a 17-year-old male.

“This app is simple, clean, and easy to use. A great app that offers so much - helping someone see their triggers and being able to contact accountability partners with just a tap. Great job Life Teen,” wrote another.

Donations can be made to support the release of the Android version of the app at Thevictoryapp.com.

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