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Pornography Statistics

·         Youth who look at violent x-rated material are six times more likely to report forcing someone to do something sexual online or in-person versus youth not exposed to x-rated material. [12]

·         Middle-school aged boys who view X-rated content are almost three times more likely to report oral sex and sexual intercourse than boys who do not use sexually explicit material[13]  

·         A study in the southeastern U.S. found that 53 percent of boys and 28 percent of girls (ages 12-15) reported use of sexually explicit media. The Internet was the most popular forum for viewing. [14]

·         The words "sex" and "porn" rank fourth and sixth among the top ten most popular search terms. [15]

·         Roughly two-thirds (67 percent) of young men and one-half (49 percent) of young women agree that viewing pornography is acceptable.[7]

·         Nearly 9 out of 10 (87 percent) young men and 1 out of 3 (31 percent) young women report using pornography.[8]

·         Experts have warned that the rise in the viewing of pornography was implicated in a variety of problems, including a rise in the levels of STDs and teenage pregnancies.  Additionally, males aged between 12 and 17 who regularly viewed pornography had sex at an earlier stage in life and were more likely to initiate oral sex, apparently imitating what they had seen. [9] [10]

·         Internet pornography was blamed for a 20 percent increase in sexual attacks by children over three years.[6]

·         One out of three youth who viewed pornography, viewed the pornography intentionally.[1]

·         Seven out of ten youth have accidentally come across pornography online.[2]

·         Nearly 80 percent of unwanted exposure to pornography is taking place in the home (79 percent occurs in the home; 9 percent occurs at school; 7 percent other/unknown; 5 percent at a friend’s home).[3]

·         Kids experience unwanted exposure to sexual material via:[4]

o    A link came up as a result of an innocent word search (40 percent)

o    Clicking on a link in another site (17 percent)

o    A pop-up (14 percent)

o    Other (13 percent)

o    Misspelled web address (12 percent)

o    Don’t know (4 percent)

o    Pictures involving animals or other strange things (10 percent)

·         Type of material youth encounter when unwanted exposure to pornography occurs:[5]

o    Naked people (86 percent)

o    People having sex (37 percent)

o    Violent pictures (13 percent)

·         Every second…

o    $3,075.64 is being spent on pornography

o    28,258 Internet viewers are viewing pornography

o    372 Internet users are typing adult search terms into search engines (Internet Filter Review, 2006)

·         Every 39 minutes, a new pornographic video is made in the United States. (Internet Filter Review, 2006)

·         Nearly 74 percent of pornography websites surveyed display adult content on their homepage (accessible to anyone) before asking if the viewers are of legal age. [11]

·         American children begin consuming hardcore pronography at an average age of 11

·         Four out of five 16 year-olds regularly access pornography online

·         The pornography industry is a $97 billion business worldwide

·         The pornography industry is a $13 billion is in the United States.

·         Internet pornography in the United States is a $3 billion industry

·         A recent content analysis of the 50 best-selling adult videos revealed that across all scenes:

o    3,376 verbal and/or physically aggressive acts were observed.  

o    On average, scenes had 11.52 acts of either verbal of physical aggression, ranging from none to 128.

o    48 percent of the 304 scenes analyzed contained verbal aggression, while more than 88 percent showed physical aggression.  

o    72 percent of aggressive acts were perpetrated by men.

o    94 percent of aggressive acts were committed against women. (Bridges, A., Wosnitzer, R., Scharrer, E., Sun, C., & Liberman, R. (in press).  Aggression and sexual behavior in best-selling pornography: A content analysis update. Violence Against Women.)

·         Findings from the Youth Internet Safety Survey indicate that 15% of 12-17 year olds have purposefully looked at x-rated material online.

·         Data from the PEW Internet and American Life Project suggest that 70% of 15-17 year old internet users accidently view pornography "very" or "Somewhat" often.

 

Child Pornography

  • Child pornography is a $3-billion industry. (Top Ten Reviews)
  • Child pornography is one of the fastest growing businesses online, and the content is becoming much worse.  (Internet Watch Foundation)  Internet Watch Foundation confirmed 1536 child abuse domains in 2008.
  •  The fastest growing demand in commercial websites for child abuse is for images depicting the worst type of abuse, including penetrative sexual activity involving children and adults and sadism or penetration by an animal.  58% of child sexual abuse images depict this level of abuse. (IWF, 2008)
  •  69% of all victims in child abuse images are between the ages of 0 and 10 years old. (IWF, 2008)
  •  In a study of arrested child pornography possessors, 40 percent had both sexually victimized children and were in possession of child pornography. Of those arrested between 2000 and 2001, 83 percent had images involving children between the ages 6 and 12; 39 percent had images of children between ages 3 and 5; and 19% had images of infants and toddlers under age 3 (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Child Pornography Possessors Arrested in Internet-Related Crimes: Findings fro the National Juvenile Online Victimization Study. 2005).

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[1] Wolak, Mitchell and Finkelhor.  Online Victimization of Youth: Five Years Later. Alexandria, VA.  National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  2006.

[2] Generation M: Media in the Lives of 8-18 year olds; Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. 2006.

[3] Online Victimization of Youth: Five Years Later, 2006.

[4] Online Victimization of Youth: Five Years Later, 2006.

[5] Online Victimization of Youth: Five Years Later, 2006.

[6] “Web is Blamed for 20% Leap in Sexual Attacks by Children”.  This is London. 2007.  (www.thisislondon.co.uk)

[7] Carroll, Jason S., et al. “Generation XXX: Pornography Acceptance and Use Among Emerging Adults.  Journal of Adolescent Research 23.1 (2008) 6-30. (Study examined population of emerging adults, aged 18-26)

[8] Carroll, Jason S., et al. “Generation XXX: Pornography Acceptance and Use Among Emerging Adults.  Journal of Adolescent Research 23.1 (2008) 6-30. (Study examined population of emerging adults, aged 18-26)

[9] Hamill, Jasper.  “Internet porn ‘encourages teenagers to have sex early.”  Scotland’s Sunday Herald. 2008.

[10] Kraus, S., and B. Russell. (2008) Early Sexual Experiences: The Role of Internet Access and Sexually Explicit Materials. CyberPsychology & Behavior. 11(2): 162-168.

[11] Orr, D., & Ferrigno-Stck, J. (2001). Childproofing the World Wide Web: A survey of adult webservers.  Jurimetrics, 4194, 465-475.
[12] (Internet Solutions for Kids, Center for Disease & Control, November, 2010)
[13] Brown, J. & L'Engle, K. 2009, Communications Research, 36(1), 129-151, X-Rated: Sexual attitudes and behaviors associated with U.S. early adolescents’ exposure to sexually explicit media)
[14] Brown, J. & L'Engle, K. 2009, Communications Research, 36(1), 129-151, X-Rated: Sexual attitudes and behaviors associated with U.S. early adolescents’ exposure to sexually explicit media.
[15] Symantec. (10 August 2009).  School's Out and Your Kids are Online: Do you know what they've been searching for this summer?  Cupperton, CA.

 


 
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