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Pornography and Sexual Abuse

The Harms of Early
Exposure to Pornography

Now, more than ever, children and teens have access to an endless supply of online pornography, and protecting kids from this content is critically important. Here are some eye-opening facts and statistics about the damaging effects of exposure to pornography at an early age. To learn more about the harms of early exposure to pornography, please visit our online school to watch our prevention workshop. 

  • Close to 50% of children between the ages of 9 and 16 are regularly exposed to sexual content

  • 93% of boys and 62% of girls report being exposed to pornography during adolescence

  • 60% of children aged 10 and 11 in the U.S. have smartphones

  • 66% of boys and 40% of girls report wanting to try sexual behaviors they’ve seen portrayed in the media

  • 90% of sex addicts state that pornography played a key role in the development of their addiction

  • Frequent porn consumption has been linked to anxiety, depression, stress and social problems

  • Porn has been proven to cause dissatisfaction with real life relationships and romantic/sexual encounters

  • Exposure to pornography at a young age has been shown to increase a male’s desire to wield sexual power over women, including thoughts or acts of sexual violence