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Porn is destroying a generation of young people: expert

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MANASSAS, VA, March 12, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – An expert on sexual ethics and pornography has used a disturbing new report out of the UK to describe how the culture of easy access to pornography and sexual promiscuity is destroying a generation of young people.

Dr. Judith Reisman, visiting professor at Liberty University School of Law, commented on the recent findings of the report from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), which found that from 2009 to 2012 more than 5,000 sexual assaults in England involved a child perpetrator raping or sexually assaulting another child.

“The offending children are ordinarily not aiming to do harm but rather to act ‘grown up’ as they practice the fascinating, toxic stimuli adult society has coldheartedly loosed into their developmental environment," Dr. Reisman said. 

Reisman pointed out that from the youngest age, children mimic what they see. She said that if they see sex acts, many children naturally practice what they see on vulnerable infants and children nearby.

“We are allowing the cannibalization of our children,” said Reisman.

NSPCC Policy Advisor Claire Lilley also linked the findings of her organization's report to pornography, warning that “easy access to indecent material could be leading to an increase in the number of children needing help" by "warping young people’s views of what is ‘normal’ or acceptable behavior.”

Reisman pointed to research in neuroscience that has found that exposure to pornography can permanently alter the brain, triggering “an instant, involuntary, but lasting, biochemical memory trail.”

“And once new neurochemical pathways are established, they are difficult or impossible to delete,” she said. 

“Pornographic images also cause secretion of the body’s ‘fight or flight’ sex hormones,” she explained. “This triggers excitatory transmitters and produces non-rational, involuntary reactions. Media erotic fantasies become deeply imbedded, commonly coarsening, confusing, motivating, and addicting many of those exposed. 

“This scientifically documented, neurochemical imprinting affects children and teens especially deeply; their still-developing brains process emotions differently, with significantly less rationality and cognition than the adult brain,” Reisman continued.

“The mainstreaming of pornography since the 1950s directly coincides with the unprecedented explosion in sexual disease and a huge, exponential increase in new types of pornographic copycat sex crimes by and to juveniles and adults. Such facts should inform the legal arguments about free speech versus pornography in public and even private venues,” Reisman concluded.

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