“It was 1970 something, truthfully I wish I could forget. My parent would take me to the parking lot of Southridge Mall and stop. A van door would open and I’d be hustled in slamming the door behind me. I was 9. I remember how dark it was. Men took my cloths off and touched me while taking pictures. Tears fell. The van door would open, the light hit my face and off I went. I was given money, told to shut my mouth and have fun shopping. Who would want to buy cloths after that! So I ate. That’s where I learned to eat for comfort. I would spend most of whatever hush money I was given to drown the pain away, then wonder the mall for two hours and be picked up by my parent.”
Guessing how many children are abused through child porn each year is almost impossible to estimate. Experts do know that from 2000-2001 of the men arrested for child porn, 83% had images of graphic nature including bondage, penetration and rape.
Porn is an epidemic. We are now seeing some major affects of the industry. Rampant is an understatement. Our societies weakened moral fabric is ripping to shreds. Here is the quick peak:
- According to Family Safe Media, pornography is a $57 billion world-wide industry, including $12 billion in the United States alone.
- According to their statistics, pornography revenue exceeds the combined revenues of all professional baseball, football, and basketball franchises and the combined revenues of ABC, CBS, and NBC.
- Over 4.2 million pornographic websites, which include over 373 million pornographic web pages.
Federal statues were updated in 1984 and 1988 specifying child porn as a crime and make possession with intent to distribute illegal.
From a Christian point of view, this is a heart issue. Change can only come through the work and power of the Holy Spirit, and a belief in the Bible as God’s authentic Word to guide us.
So the damage is done. The innocent girl is all grown up….. living in deep pain, mostly because of the betrayal of trust from her father and a local business person that was involved. The complexity of this issue haunts every turn she makes including trust, relationships, and food addictions. To this day the bright sun that you and I embrace, only brings her pain.
Please protect yourself. If you are addicted, tell someone. Pray for those impacted greatly by the “lust of the flesh” and the pride of life. Don’t think it happens around you? Think again. One of the fastest growing industries in the world is privately killing millions and bringing deep pain to those who live.