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TUPELO, MS – October 26-November 2, 1997 marks the dates for PornographyAwareness Week (PAW) in America. PAW was started 15 years ago to raise the awareness of the prevalence of pornography throughout our nation and to encourage citizens to work toward eliminating its devastating effects on our communities.

American Family Association (AFA) initiated Pornography Awareness Weekbecause of the negative impact pornography has on American families.“Pornography victimizes women and children and is a vicious downward spiral of addiction for the men involved. Pornography erodes a man’s relationshipwith God, his wife, his children and his community,’’ says David Miller,National Affiliate Director for AFA.

AFA’s OutReach Division, the counseling center for porn addiction, cites recent studies showing the average age for the first time user of pornography to be the impressionable age of 11. Tim Wildmon, AFA Vice President, believes “this has potentially serious consequences on a young man’s idea of healthy sexuality and true sexual identity. This is one of the many reasons why we need to recognize this most important week.’‘

“But recognition alone is not adequate to deal with this national problem,’’ Miller states. “When we hear reports stating that 70% of all pornographic magazines and videos end up in the hands of children, someone has to do something to stop it.’‘

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