Lawmakers in Utah address porn epidemic

Monday, March 14, 2016
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

man using computer in dark roomUtah has sent a message to Washington about the harms of pornography in the hope it will encourage enforcement of federal obscenity laws.

Last week, both houses of the Utah legislature passed a resolution declaring pornography to be a "public health crisis." The resolution (SCR9) is based on peer-reviewed research (briefed to Congress last summer) that reveals the dangerous consequences and effects on children and families.

Haley Halverson of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation tells OneNewsNow the resolution a historic first step in a long-range plan to deal with the crisis.

"The National Center on Sexual Exploitation actually wrote this resolution," she explains, "so we're hoping that more states will follow Utah's cue and that it will become something more common around the nation."

Halverson notes that the Department of Justice only prosecutes child pornography, but takes no action on other violations of anti-obscenity laws. She reasons that the more states adopt the resolutions, the more pressure will be applied to the federal government to do its job.

Halverson

"One of the primary reasons that pornography has reached a point where it is a public health crisis – where it's increasing sexual violence, where it's harming the development of children – is because the Department of Justice has failed to enforce existing obscenity laws," she argues.

Because of the Internet, the problem is international – but Halverson contends the United States could set an example for the rest of the world by becoming aggressive in enforcing the laws.

The NCOSE devotes an entire section of its website to research that proves the damage of porn, as well as resources to obtain help to break free from it.

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