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Women are terrified to encounter men on public transit using porn…who are looking at them

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November 8, 2018 (KingdomWorks) – Recently news broke of a man on a train in Australia allegedly sexually assaulting a young woman by watching pornography on his smartphone.

He approached the woman who was sitting by a window.  After hovering over her for a brief time, he sat down.  He leaned against her, with his elbow pressing against her arm.

The man then put his phone on his lap and began viewing pornography for about five minutes. According to the woman, she saw the man’s eyes shifting between her and his phone several times. He got off the train without further incident.

Although this incident may seem trivial to you, be assured it is not. In fact, this man’s pornography viewing is a case of sexual assault.

According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), sexual assault is defined as any sexual contact or behavior that occurs without explicit consent of the victim. Any unwanted sexual contact, whether it is verbal, visual, or physical, is sexual assault.

Examples of sexual assault include stalking, unwanted touching, rape, harassment, offensive written material, and unwanted, offensive and invasive interpersonal communications (such as smartphones, email and social networks).

Watching pornography is not harmless fun

There are still people who claim that pornography usage is harmless. Some even claim porn can serve as a ‘safety valve’ for society. They say that people who use porn can fantasize alone about their violent sexual thoughts instead of acting them out on someone.

But Scott A. Johnson, who informs law enforcement staffs and forensic psychologists about the role of porn in sexual offenses, stated,  “We have come to understand how sex offenders use pornography to support their deviant and violent fantasies which in turn support deviant and violent behavior. In addition, abusers, including those that commit domestic abuse or child abuse, almost all use pornography to feed their deviant and violent fantasies as well.”

Johnson added, “Viewing pornography and imitating what is depicted in the pornography have played a key role in the sexual victimization of women as well as to the physical abuse of women.”

Still sound like harmless fun that decreases sexual assault? Then see what Judith Reisman, visiting professor at Liberty University School of Law, wrote.

“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.”

Sexual assault can happen anywhere

Remember that sexual assault is any behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the victim. And men are getting bolder about viewing sex in public or non-secluded places.

The man in Australia was on a train. Libraries are also very common places to view porn. The list of possible locations goes on and on.

According to the New York Times, “It is an issue playing out not just at libraries, but in cafes and gyms, on airplanes, trains and highways, and just about any other place where the explosion of computers, tablets and smartphones has given rise to a growing source of dispute: public displays of mature content.”

Even your local McDonald’s where you take your children may not be safe

Last year, the Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that a 61-year-old man was arrested in a Pennsylvania McDonalds after he refused to stop watching porn on the store’s WiFi.

Despite being warned, he started up his tablet and pulled up a porn site.

In another instance a person reported being exposed to pornography while passing a vehicle on a busy interstate. The driver of the vehicle had his smartphone affixed to his dashboard, and was also streaming it to the screens in the backseat.

The workplace is also a common place. NBC4 Washington reported almost 100 government employees in their five-year investigation admitted to or were caught viewing large amounts of porn while on the job.

They worked at 12 agencies including the Department of Justice, NASA, Social Security Administration, and Department of Commerce.

These employees could have been caught by co-workers or even lost their jobs.

But their porn habit was so strong they were willing to risk their careers.

Porn conditions men to treat women like objects

Many studies have reported that viewing porn impacts a man’s feelings towards women. Since the man is totally disconnected from the performers, he can imagine being powerful. He can imagine being in total control of the woman. She becomes an object for his pleasure, and he transfers those feelings into his real life.

Johnson said, “The viewing of pornography reinforces impersonal sex, sex that is one-sided and selfish in nature, relying heavily on the user’s fantasy. The user of pornography imagines and fantasizes their personal interaction with the person or object represented in the pornographic material.

“Remember,” added Johnson, “that the persons depicted in pornography never interact with the user; they never talk back, make requests, place demands, or in any way control how the material is used. What is reinforced for the user of pornography is one-sided, superficial, controlling sexual experiences. Pornography is a compliant sexual partner!”

Zac Crippen of the Los Angeles Times summarized the problem.

“We can’t spend hours watching strangers engage in the most intimate of acts – often depicted without love or consent – and remain unchanged.” 

Hope For Those Struggling With Porn

Viewing porn puts all areas of your life at risk. Men who have failed to deal with this struggle have lost their friends, their families, their marriages and even their jobs. Some men have even wound up in prison when their struggle has spiraled completely out of control. We understand that those dealing with pornography often struggle with shame. This article is not to increase your shame level but will hopefully encourage you to get help and start your journey to freedom.

The Conquer Series is helping over 750,000 men around the world find freedom from pornography. The cinematic series is packed with solid Biblical teaching, powerful testimonies, and challenging conversations.

Dr. Ted Robert’s is the host of the Conquer Series and has led thousands of men to freedom. As a former Marine Fighter Pilot, he uses stories from his life to describe the battle men face and how to find freedom.

Learn more at ConquerSeries.com

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