To viewers, pornography can appear a fantasy world of endless pleasure and thrills. But to those who actually create and participate in making porn, their experiences are flooded with drugs, disease, and abuse.

We recently had the opportunity to meet up with Jessica, a former porn star who worked in the industry for ten years.

Growing up as a preacher’s daughter in a small town in Colorado and working in youth leadership throughout her early life, Jessica had a clear vision for what she wanted for her future. However, one day in her early twenties, Jessica became a victim of rape. This traumatic experience and some poor choices afterwards forced Jessica on a path that would lead her to entering the porn industry.

“I went from that to a party and this guy owned this website,” Jessica recalls in the video about how she first got into doing amateur porn just months after she was raped. “The model had flaked and I was like, sign me up. I didn’t call myself a porn star because I didn’t know what I was doing, I had just lost my virginity, I don’t know up from down … I now had the reality that I had a price tag on my body.”

Soon, the allure of fame and fortune led Jessica down a road that she never envisioned for herself.

“I knew that fame happened when I would go out in public and get recognized … I was like, ‘Oh my gosh,’ this guy said, ‘Hi, Angela’, at the gas station, and I thought, ‘This is it, I’ve arrived.’

An endless cycle of alcohol and prescription drug abuse, followed by numerous suicide attempts, continued as Jessica became one of the top actresses in the industry. (She informed us after the interview that she was actually the most Googled porn star of 2009 and was voted “best new starlet” for 2010.) However, she eventually hit rock bottom in her career and in her life when she ended up becoming heavily involved in an escort agency. She realized she hated who she had become and the slave she was to the money, sex, and drugs. Finally, Jessica decided to make a call to her family that changed her life.

Watch the world premier of Jessica’s never-before-heard story to see firsthand the harmful effects of pornography from the perspective of the performer. Learn how Jessica’s career in porn led to her substance abuse, suicide attempts, negative attitudes about sex, and finally how it almost completely ruined her life.

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If you or someone you know has been in the porn industry and want to share your story, please reach out to us