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Liberty Bradford Mitchell with her father, Artie.
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Daughter of famed pornographer speaks out: ‘It made me sick’

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February 3, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a candid interview, the daughter of a famed pornographer spoke about the abuse she underwent as a child through early exposure to pornography.

Liberty Bradford Mitchell was the daughter of Artie Mitchell, whose life ended when he was shot by his brother and business partner, Jim, in 1991.

The brothers ran a strip club and a pornography studio in San Francisco throughout the girl’s life. She was present at the location many times, with her earliest memories of the place dating back to when she was four-years-old.

“I saw [the customers] all sink into this disgusting depravity where every woman in the room becomes a target. It became this entitlement that the men had and it made me sick,” she said in an interview with Salon.com.

“I experienced firsthand how confusing it can be to be exposed to sexual imagery as a child.”

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“When I was 4 and a half, I became really cognizant of what I was viewing on the screen in the screening room… At the time it wasn’t so disturbing to me, it was just very weird. Once I was the age of 6 or 7 I was much more conscious that this was not stuff that I should be seeing and it did not make me comfortable when I was by the office, especially at the point where the theater went live and there were dancers that were basically naked walking around.”

It was not until much later that she began to think that what she had been exposed to was a form of abuse. It was during a job training experience as an adult that she first realized that exposure of a child to pornography is considered a form of abuse. “It really struck me. I’d never thought about it like that and then it seemed so obvious. … I know that I wasn’t intentionally abused by this exposure… but it was for me psychologically inhibiting and scary.”

According to the National Coalition to Prevent Child Abuse and Exploitation, exposure to pornography on young people can have many negative side-effects, including objectification, fostering positive attitudes towards violence against women and other types of sexual aggression, cynicism, sexual uncertainty, and other sexual and relational dysfunctions.

“Additionally pornography exposure prior to age 10 was significantly correlated with felony assault, general delinquency, felony theft, drug sales, alcohol use, drug use, robbery, public disorderly conduct, and property damage,” the organization states.

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