UPDATE: 5/26, 10:14 AM
New facts have come to light in the story about the teen girl in Florida who was videoed having sex with multiple boys in a Florida high school bathroom. The girl’s mother recently reached out to NBC-2 to help tell her story and set the record straight. The 15-year-old girl is a survivor of human sex trafficking after being held captive for two years. She had only attended the Florida high school for two weeks at the time of the incident.
“She was only 13 when she was trafficked,” said Megan Estrem, founder of an advocacy group for victims of sex slavery. The girl was placed into multiple treatment programs, the most recent was eight months long. But because she’s a runaway, only a handful of programs would accept her. None of them addressed the devastating ramifications of sexual abuse. “She did get some help, but it wasn’t specific for what she needed,” said Estrem.
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Yesterday, KTLA reported a story as shocking as it is disturbing. A group of teenagers who had sex in a high school bathroom in Fort Myers, Florida, then posted a video of the act on social media. A 15-year-old girl had sex with as many as two dozen boys after school Tuesday afternoon at South Fort Myers High School, according to a Lee County Sheriff’s Office incident report. Deputies said 25 males were spotted via a hallway camera entering the restroom while the female was inside, the News-Press reported.
“A bunch of football players went into a [stall] with a girl and had sex with her, and a bunch of the football players were suspended,” student Alex Bailey told WBBH. “So we might not have a football team this year.”
Students said the entire thing was filmed and then posted on Snapchat.
“There’s girls that saw the video once and it hurt, it is just so disturbing to them,” student Casey Winn said.
If this stomach-turning story is not a direct result of the porn culture that’s been created in our society, then we don’t know what is. Teens today are being raised on a steady diet of pornography, teaching them that random sex and group sex is completely normal and desirable.
Can you imagine what would happen if your school’s health class was taught by a cigarette salesman? Chances are, you wouldn’t hear much about lung cancer or how much shorter the typical smoker’s life span is. He might even try to tell you that smoking could boost your sprint time. Sounds ridiculous, right? Here’s the problem: that’s the kind of education millions of teens are getting about sex every day.
While porn is often called “adult material,” many of its viewers are well under the legal age. Whether they want to or not, the majority of teens are getting some of their sex ed from porn.  And just like cigarette commercials show healthy people puffing away instead of the cancer-causing reality, porn is offering a completely warped idea of what partners, sex, and relationships are really like. 
In porn, sex with strangers is made to look normal —and more often than not, it’s more than one stranger at a time. In a study of popular porn videos, the number of sexual partners in a scene ranged from one to 19, and averaged at three. And the kinds of sexual acts pornographers get on film are often degrading, dangerous, or violent. 
“A competitive market means that pornographers are trying to outdo each other to come up with the most extreme images,” wrote John Wood, a therapist who works with youth addicted to pornography, in an article talking about porn’s effects. “This contest to push the boundaries means that straight intercourse is considered too boring. Images of brutal anal sex and women being humiliated and degraded by two or more men at any one time are the new norms.” 
As a result, studies show that people who view porn are far more likely to think things like group sex or dangerous sex acts are more common than their non-porn–watching peers. 
And in many cases, attitudes make their way into behavior. Researchers have repeatedly found that people who have seen a significant amount of porn are more likely to start having sex sooner and with more partners, and to engage in riskier kinds of sex, putting them at greater risk of getting sexually transmitted infections. 
Sociologist Michael Kimmel has found that men’s sexual fantasies have become heavily influenced by porn,  which gets awfully tricky when their partners don’t want to act out the degrading or dangerous acts porn shows.  As a result, men who look at pornography have been shown to be more likely to go to prostitutes,  often looking for a chance to live out what they’ve seen in porn.  In one survey of former prostitutes, 80% said that customers had shown them images of porn to illustrate what they wanted to do. 
What pornography doesn’t show is what healthy sex is like, since most pornographers cut out things like kissing, cuddling, other positive kinds of affection, and partners being responsive to each other’s needs and preferences. 
They also cut out the consequences of the kinds of sex shown.  In porn, no one contracts sexually transmitted infections; there are no unwanted pregnancies, no cervical cancer, no intestinal parasites, and no skin tearing or bruises. And no matter how rough a person treats their partner, in porn, nearly everything looks like it feels good. 
In fact, in the study of popular porn videos, in nine scenes out of 10, a women was being hit, beaten, yelled at, or otherwise harmed, and the result was almost always the same—the victim either seemed not to mind or looked happy about it. 
Not only does porn offer up a fictional version of sex education, but also that education is being delivered in a way perfectly tailored to how our brains learn.  Images are an especially powerful teacher, since they can pack in a whole lot of information that the viewer can understand very quickly. And while words are often interpreted as opinions, our brains are more likely to interpret images as facts; after all, it’s a lot harder to argue with something you’re seeing happen in front of you. 
Our brains also learn better when they’re sexually aroused.  When you add in the focused concentration of searching through pornographic images to find exactly what the user is looking for, and reinforcing what’s being taught with the reward of sexual climax, it creates the perfect conditions for wiring what porn teaches into the brain (See Porn Changes the Brain). 
As a result, consistent porn users wire their sexuality to looking at virtual images of unrealistic, surgically altered bodies.  Instead of learning to build relationships with real people, it often feels more natural and arousing to them to be alone in front of a computer.  “It’s sad,” said Dr. Gary Brooks, a psychology professor who studies porn’s effect on men. “Boys who are initiated in sex through these images become indoctrinated in a way that can potentially stay with them for the rest of their lives.” 
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