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Porn star James Deen accused of serial rape

Fr. Mark Hodges Fr. Mark Hodges

SAN FRANCISCO, California, December 8, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – One of the most popular sex stars in the country is also a serial rapist, according to at least eight women.

Bryan Sevilla, aka James Deen, has been featured in well over 2,000 pornographic videos, including hardcore, bondage, sado-masochism, and rape scenes. 

Not surprisingly, life has imitated art.

Deen's boy-next-door good looks make him a favorite with fans and performers alike. He has crossed over into mainstream cinema, starring opposite Lindsay Lohan. He has also spoken on college campuses about porn industry "positivity."

But on November 28, Deen's former girlfriend, "Stoya," revealed via Twitter that Deen had held her down and raped her, despite her repeatedly begging him, "No!" and using their "safe word" to stop sexual activity.

Since that initial allegation, seven more women – most of them sex workers for the multi-billion-dollar pornography industry – have come forward to say that Deen raped, beat, pinned down, repeatedly hit in the face, or forced himself on them.

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"He's dead on the inside, and dead to me. He's literally the worst person I've ever met," pornographer Joanna Angel tweeted.

Deen has denied all allegations. But many have felt that Deen's public tweets joking about rape indicate a dark side that Deen tries to keep away from the public eye. In one typical tweet, Deen joked, "It's not rape, if you yell surprise!"

Significantly, some of the allegations of rape against Deen took place on the set, which, if true, makes rape yet another threat for women in the pornography industry.

"The links between sexual violence and pornography are prolific," Haley Halverson, director of communications for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE), told LifeSiteNews. "Not only do those in pornography often experience violence and exploitation, but also research has shown that consumers of pornography have greater acceptance for violence against women and greater likelihood of committing certain sexual crimes."

"It is vitally important that the underlying problem of pornography be acknowledged, Halverson continued. "The vast majority of popular porn contains violence, and we cannot expect people to watch, or participate in filming, sexual assault over and over again and to then not be affected."

With the number of accusers growing, and lawsuits developing that claim unsafe working conditions, the porn company Kink has cut all ties with Deen. 

Dr. Mary Anne Layden, in her work "Pornography and Violence: A New Look at Research," wrote: "Rape pornography teaches men that when a woman says no, the man does not need to stop[.] ... There is no need to pay attention to a woman who is resisting, crying, screaming, struggling, or saying no, because ultimately she wants it and will enjoy it[.] ... He may assume that even her resistance is sexy and sexually arousing."

Studies have shown that all pornography objectifies and degrades women, such that a male viewer more easily believes that rape victims merely "got what they wanted" or deserved.

The NCSE website explains, "Pornography is by nature an exploitive and harmful industry that is linked to increases in sexual violence, and it must be publicly regarded as such."

Moses's Ten Commandments included "Thou shalt not commit adultery." Jesus concluded, "He who looks at a woman lustfully, has already committed adultery with her in his heart." Halverson concludes, "No industry that glamorizes, or contributes to, exploitation should be tolerated."

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