In the book He Restoreth My Soul, a man shares his story and what worked for him when overcoming his addiction to pornography. He had several inspirational insights and tips, some of which are outlined here. To find out more, we invite you to read the book. Tip #1: Boundaries Boundaries are important for healing. “Some examples of boundaries would be not watching TV alone, not surfing the Internet alone, not having the Internet at all, not going places...
Fashion artist and designer Jessica Rey gave a presentation at a conference about the progression of the swimsuit. In her presentation she gave the history of what the swimsuit was and what it now has become. During the 1960s, the sexual revolution and the women’s movement helped move the bikini into popularity until it became the norm. Millions, even billions, of dollars are put into the bikini industry, which remains popular in today’s lifestyle. Women...
In 1960, the total number of children living in fatherless families was fewer than eight million. Today, that number has risen to nearly 24 million. That is a 200% increase in the number of fatherless children. This massive jump in fatherless kids is caused by the increase of divorce, separation, teen pregnancies, gay marriage, pornography use, and more. Many people are arguing that fathers are no longer important for a child’s well-being, and that all a...
The effects of pornography are ever reaching and can enter into every aspect of your life. Pornography can affect women just as much as men. It knows no bounds and is not a respecter of persons. Everyone can be affected and addicted to pornography at any time in their lives. Pornography is a topic that needs to be talked about and those affected should feel that they can bring their addiction to light so they can get help. If someone is addicted, they...
Imagine the humiliation of an ex-partner taking explicit photos of you that were meant only for him and posting them on a site where everyone can see them. This can be detrimental to the victims, who feel very keenly how degrading it is to have their pictures floating around the Internet without their consent. Most of the victims are women. Often their names, numbers, and/or addresses are posted with the pictures. To make matters worse, these revenge...
In today’s world of social media and increasingly new technology, people are becoming lonely. We’ve begun a trend of disconnecting even while connecting with the world through social media. Face to face interaction is becoming less important, and the next trending hashtag, the constant need to update Facebook posts, and the urge to photograph everything in sight to post on Instagram takes priority. We live in crowds, but don’t look up from our phones...
Citizens for Decency was created at the request of a single mother whose family has been deeply affected by pornography. Her husband was introduced to pornography as a young child and then struggled with a pornography addiction for many years. His love for his family and pain at causing them emotional distress was not enough to help him overcome his deep addiction. Pornography altered his gentle mind, causing him to have violent thoughts towards those he loved.
To physically protect his family from himself, he eventually took his own life. His wife and mother of their eight children, asked Craig Cobia (now President/Chairman Citizens for Decency) if there was anything he could do to help prevent others from experiencing similar tragedies. Craig and his colleagues made contact with other decency organizations in the United States. They soon realized that Idaho lacked a strong decency organization. There was no one to make citizens of Idaho aware of the problem, and to advocate for policy changes that would protect its people from pornography.
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Understanding Our Enemy
Here are a few memorable quotes from this video:
“Pornography normalizes sexual harm.” Patrick Truman
“We know from research that pornography is correlated with domestic violence and battery…that pornography is not just looking at pictures online and the types of pictures that are viewed are drastically different than that of past years.” Jill Manning, Ph.D. Licensed marriage & Family Therapist
Pornography is related to “job loss and financial strain…decreased values in businesses and homes with a sexual business nearby…and increased separation and divorce.”
Sexting in high schools are inappropriate images that are being taken and then forwarding those images via cell phones.
Hope & Healing
There is more hope today than there has been in the past to help those who are affected or addicted to pornography. There are more clinics and psychologists that are getting fully trained and have more knowledge on how to treat those who are affected in any way by pornography.
“But when Pinocchio made a promise to be true, brave, and selfless, he became accountable to people to be those things. That’s when he started turning things around and realized the importance of the relationship’s in his life and the importance of becoming a real and whole boy” (Jill Manning).
Marion McBride shares her story as a recovering addict and the hope that came back into her life because of the 12 Step Program.
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