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Elizabeth Smart Puts Pornography Debate On Spotlight; Does It Cause People To Rape?

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American activist Elizabeth Smart recently talked about another chapter of her horrifying experience over 10 years ago and how pornography played a huge role on the abductor?s actions towards her. Does these kind of materials really cause people to commit rape?

Back in 2002, Smart was kidnapped from her home in Salt Lake City. She spent nine months with the kidnapper and ever since she was rescued, she became an activist, fighting against underage sex trafficking. Now, during an interview with the anti-pornography organization, Fight The New Drug, she detailed how these for-adult-materials were used by the suspect during her captivity.

According to her, the abductor would just sit and stare at porn for hours while talking about the women on the pages. Once done, he would face Smart and he would be like, ?Now we?re going to do this.? It was also revealed in the interview that there were times when she was sexually assaulted multiple times in a single day.

Aside from regular pornographic materials, Elizabeth Smart then mentioned that the captor would sometimes bring hard-core porn, which always made him really excited. Obviously, it is clear that the abductor used the materials to get some ideas about what to do while assaulting his victim, and this leads us to the question, do these porn-related things lead to rape?

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Smart noted in her interview that she cannot tell whether or not the abductor would have not kidnapped her if he was not addicted to pornography. What she is sure, though, is that the material made her ?living hell worse.?

In relation, late feminist activist, Andrea Dworkin, believed that by depicting women as men?s willing sexual playthings, porn does really contribute to rape. Robert Jensen, her disciple, also has the same thing in mind but quite different. He said that ?pornography alone doesn?t make men rape? [but] it may activate coercive tendencies.?

It may be true, but based on the statistics posted by Psychology Today, sexual irresponsibility has declined ever since the internet porn arrived. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted that since 1990, the nation?s abortion rate has dropped by 41 percent. The syphilis rate, on the other hand, has also declined by 74 percent. Gonorrhea rate also plummeted by 57 percent since then.

The decline on these rates is also the case on teen sex, divorce and rape, which would give the idea that porn actually helped to educate people instead of giving them sexual desires for others that would lead to crime. However, it is safe to say that this issue is far from over and several studies are still needed to come up with a concrete conclusion.

How about you? Do you think pornography addiction really leads to rape? Or, is it just in the case of Elizabeth Smart? Share your thoughts in the comment section below. For more news across the globe, stay tuned here on TheBitbag.

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