The following post was originally published in Strength To Fight. It has been edited for content & clarity.
by Daniel Gilman.



The Canadian organization, Strength to Fight, reminds us of some of the common threads between porn and sexual abuse that, while not always correlated, are too often connected in ways that make a natural fit for an advocate against one, to take a stand against the other.
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Why Being Against Sexual Abuse Meant I Had To Fight Porn

Everything in me wanted to leave that fight to someone else. I just wanted to combat sexual abuse and  human trafficking, when I stumbled upon the brutal reality that meant if I wanted to fight those things, I had to turn my attention to fighting porn. Porn is both private and personal for so many nice and normal people. But I realized that if I was serious about safeguarding Canadians from sexual abuse, I had to take on this fight. I didn’t come to this issue because of family values or religion, as much as I may value and embrace both of those. I came to confront porn because I wanted Canadian children safe from sexual abuse.

Here’s some of the research I couldn’t look away from: According to Dr. Robert Jensen of the University of Texas in his paper “Pornography and Sexual Violence” “My own studies and reviews of other examinations of content suggest there are a few basic themes in pornography: (1) All women at all times want sex from all men, (2) women enjoy all the sexual acts that men perform or demand, and, (3) any woman who does not at first realize this can be easily turned with a little force, though force is rarely necessary because most of the women in pornography are the imagined nymphomaniacs about whom many men fantasize.”

We Should Take The Research More Seriously

Among perpetrators of sex crimes, adolescent exposure to pornography is a significant predictor of elevated violence and victim humiliation. According to the in-depth Report of the Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography: “…Clinical and experimental research … [has] focused particularly on sexually violent material, [and] the conclusions have been virtually unanimous. In both clinical and experimental settings, exposure to sexually violent materials has indicated an increase in the likelihood of aggression. More specifically, the research, … shows a causal relationship between exposure to material of this type and aggressive behaviors towards women.”

I have walked with men to the police station and child services to turn themselves in for sexual abuse. They had been addicted to porn and what they watched turned into what they did and in doing so they, just like the statistics warn us, hurt some of the women closest to them. If we want to protect Canadians from sexual abuse we need to take the warning of this research seriously.

Related: Studies Show Sexual Aggression Can Be Linked To Watching Porn

It’s sometimes tough to remember, but critically important that there is good news in these dark numbers. Realizing that porn is tied to sexual abuse, means that as we fight porn we can make a meaningful difference against sexual abuse. As men and women choose to find freedom from porn, as you begin pointing others toward freedom from porn as well, we will see a dramatic decrease in abuse. Join me in fighting against sexual abuse and porn. Let’s make a difference.

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Why This Matters

This is a cause that can apply to anyone in any country, not just Canada. As is the case in any cause, those who come to the fight each have their own reasons for joining that are specific to them, and to their personal experience. As we unite under the ways in which porn can be harmful to our minds, our hearts and society, we start to see the common threads that help us come together and stand up against those harmful effects of porn, especially when it involves the harming of the innocent.

Live in Canada? Learn more about Strength to Fight and their efforts to “equip Canadians to live porn-free lives and build porn-free communities.”

It Takes All Of Us

One of the big ways we see Fighters making a difference is by joining up with a group of friends to become a Fight The New Drug Street Team. Sure some might think these Street Teams are just a fun change of pace for social life, but here’s the thing: Street Teams are the best way for a Fighter to actually, tangibly get involved with spreading the facts.

There are a TON of things in a Street Team Kit for any Fighter who wants to get involved, and each kit item serves as a major conversation starter for anyone who has one. From bumper stickers, to hand out cards with facts about porn on them, to bold tee shirts and exclusive red “Porn Kills Love” wristbands…this kit is AWESOME. It’s true, putting them up with your friends could be fun, but really it’s about being an agent for change in the Porn Kills Love movement, and an effective way to spread the facts to a local community.

What YOU Can Do

Whatever your reasons are in this fight, taking a stand starts with you. SHARE this article to remind that for too many people, porn and abuse are tragically linked. Then become the movement by joining our Street Team. The kits are on sale now in the Fighter Store, and feature Fighter gear you can’t get anywhere else!

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