New Statistics about Porn and Society

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As a part of our collaboration with the “White Ribbon Against Pornography Campaign” this week to raise awareness about the adverse effects of pornography and to help end the slavery of women and children here are a few of the latest statistics on porn in society.

This post is from the blog of Ex-porn star Shelley Lubben who founded Pink Cross Foundation. The group concentrates on outreach and evangelism of those in the porn industry, especially performers, and offers support to those wishing to leave the industry. When women or men in the porn industry contact Pink Cross for help, Shelley and her team send care personalized packages filled with encouraging cards, books, Bibles, CDs, beauty supplies, gift cards, and other practical supports along with financial assistance to help them in their recovery. 

Current Porn statistics are offered here as they become available.
Links are not provided when the site has provocative material.

80% of UK teens say porn is “too easy” to access or stumble upon on the internet.
46% of teens said sexting is a part of everyday life for teenagers.
70% said porn was seen as normal by their peers at school.
1 in 10 told their parents about stumbling on to porn on the internet.
2/3 of girls and nearly 50% of boys said growing up would be easier if porn was harder to access.
DailyMail, UK, August 19, 2014

64% of American men view porn at least monthly, the percentage of Christian men is nearly the same.
79% of men ages 18-30 view porn at least monthly.
67% of men ages 31-49 view porn at least monthly.
55% of married men view porn at least monthly.
Digital Journal, August 14, 2014

Christians who support gay marriage are seven times more likely to approve of pornography, six times more likely to approve of promiscuity, and five times as likely to approve of adultery as compared to those who don’t.
The Global Dispatch, August 14, 2014

The percentage of UK women who cheat on their husbands has risen 40% in the past 20 years.
Counsel & Heal, July 25, 2014

80% of college students in India watch porn; 40% watch rape porn.
76% said that watching rape porn leads to the desire to rape a woman.
ABP Live, India, July 24, 2014

Of a survey of 8,000 girls and women in India, 49% said they learned about sex from watching porn videos.
India.com. June 25, 2014

40% of Canadian boys grades 4 – 11 are viewing porn; 1/3 of these, every day.
Business Standard, June 13, 2014

Of a survey of 248 Oxford (UK) students:
71.8% of all students said they view porn;
91% of men vs 51% of women.
The Oxford Student, June 12, 2014

68% of Christian men and 50% of pastors confessed to viewing porn weekly in a recent survey.
Christian News Wire, June 11, 2014

50% of Pornhub’s 38 million users are viewing porn via mobile devices.
TimesLive, June 5, 2014

To see more statistics about porn and society click here to the original site.

 

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Prayers to End A Culture of Porn and Bring Freedom

 

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Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 12:2

This week is “White Ribbon Against Pornography” a movement that raises awareness about pornography, the link in sexual exploitation, sex trafficking and the adverse effects to porn in our culture.

I am sure many of you have been exposed to porn, dated someone who was addicted to porn or if you were like me you didn’t realize till later that you ex was watching porn which led to the demise of  what you thought was a loving relationship. So this week we are standing strong in prayer for freedom, society and cultures around the world to be porn free.

Recently, I found out the number one buyer of sex is American men. The US produces 89% of the world’s pornography. I was shocked. I truly believe it’s the link between pornography and our culture that has caused this, and statistics say that men who frequently watch porn are more likely to become buyers of sex. Let’s pray for change and stand in our faith in God that this will change.

Freedom:

  • Children trapped in slavery through pornography would be found and freed.
  • Law enforcements around the world would work cases to find children trapped in slavery through the Internet.
  • Those who are trapped in slavery through pornography would find salvation and freedom through Christ. Psalm 119:45

Society:

  • Any addiction to sexualized images in societies would be replaced with purity and righteousness. Philippians 4:8
  • Porn culture would be exposed and people would seek freedom and right relationships. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
  • Pornography would not be acceptable in societies around the world. Habakkuk 1:13

Healing

  • Love & Grace: Christ love would surround people that are struggling with an addiction to pornography. They would be freed from indifference and shame. Ephesians 2:8-9
  • Righteousness & Purity: People would seek Christ righteousness in their lives and purity that comes through Him.
  • Any shame that is holding people back from getting help and freedom would be replaced with grace and redemption through Christ love. Romans 3:24

 

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Men Pay to Rape Women

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Have you ever done something that you didn’t want to do? Have you ever made someone do something they did not want to do? Well that is what a girl who is sex trafficked deals with everyday. Imagine a minor that is 17 or under being forced to have sex with multiple men everyday. This is rape.

Rape: The crime, committed by a man, of forcing another person to have sexual intercourse with him without their consent and against their will, esp. by the threat or use of violence against them.

So many times we like to candy-coat the picture but to pour sugar on poop doesn’t mean it isn’t poop. And it still smells like crap. I think this is what we do when we talk about prostitution, we either make it a joke, blame the girl or say “boys will be boys.” When the reality of buying sex looks very different than any of these three outlooks.

If I guy is buying sex from a girl who is being trafficked then they are paying to rape a victim. They are not buying sex from someone who wants to be there. That girl is forced to be there against her will and is under threat to her health if she does not sleep with the buyer. This is the reality of human trafficking. The buyer himself become a rapist.

Most of the statistics for buyers in the United States are married men ages 35-50 years-old. Out of the number of men who purchased sex 47% went through with buying even when they found out the girl was a minor. I wonder if men would buy sex if they knew they could be charged with rape?

In America agencies and organizations fighting against human trafficking want to change the laws to make it tougher on people buying sex. Right now men are just getting a ticket they can pay and it goes off their background or past record. But new laws are being looked at to make it a felony to pay for sex. This means it would go on their background and they could do prison time or get probation, which could cause problems for them in their future.

I am sure some of you are reading this ane thinking that is harsh. But we must stop seeing buying sex as a victimless crime. I have been working with victims and even the women who are strong and have healthy lives are still dealing with the after-effects of what happened to them while being trafficked. It is not a victimless crime.

I believe change happens when people face the reality of the situation and address the issues that need change. We believe if you are seeking God and truly want freedom that it’s available for you, if you have a problem with addiction to pornography or sex their are ways to get help. Here are a few XXXchurch, PureHope.

Next week starts the beginning of the “White Ribbon Campaign” hosted by Porn Harms. From October 27th through November 4th people will wear a white ribbon to show solidarity with those who have suffered from the effects of pornography. Join us next week as we stand with the “White Ribbon Campaign” and pray for victims, societies and people around the world

 

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Prayers of Freedom for Girls Held as Slaves by Terrorist

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On October the 17th new reports came out that the government of Nigeria and the terrorist group Boko Haram have proclaimed a cease fire and will negotiate the release of the 217 girls that are still held captive. This week we want to stand in prayer that these girls will be released. #bringbackourgirls

These girls have been held in captive for six months by the group. We have continued to pray and not forget these girls and their families during this time and we will continue to believe in God to bring freedom to them and safe return. We will also believe that all the trauma they have received will be held, and their families will be able to move forward and look to their future’s. That each girl will know the healing power of Jesus. And what the devil intended to destroy in their lives will be restored a thousand fold and justice will be done.

Release:

  • The Nigerian school girls and the children in the Middle East would be freed from their captors. Isaiah 61:1
  • Children would be able to escape safely from militants who have abducted them.Psalm 68:20
  • Intervention would happen so children would be released from captivity. Psalm 124:7 Psalm 18:2

Freedom:

  • Rescue: People that are enslaved would be freed. 2 Timothy 4:18
  • Restoration: Victims would know complete restoration through Christ Jesus. Amos 9:11
  • Revival: Jesus change hearts around the world and bring revival that brings freedom to the enslaved. Luke 1:17Acts 15:9

Justice:

  • Militants would be brought to justice and not be able to terrorize any children.
  • Governments would stand up against the militants and not be afraid to take a stand for justice and boldness. Psalm 3:6 Joshua 1:9
  • Militants would be unable to obtain guns and weapons. Proverbs 21:15
  • Miracles of conversions, militants would get a revelation of Jesus and stop hurting children.

Thank you for standing with us in prayer as we pray with all our hearts that these 217 girls and the children throughout the Middle East will be freed from their captors.

 

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Inequality and Slavery

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Right now there are 29 million slaves in the world and 80% of those are women and girls. Many from remote or poor areas of the world. Poverty, lack of education and unemployment are all factors in human trafficking and inequality.

When we look at the statistics we need to ask the question, Why so many women and girls? Eighty percent are female, that’s unprecedented. And it shows the imbalance in gender issues that happens in the world today.

October 14th marked six month anniversary of the kidnapping of 276 school-girls in Nigeria, out of those over 200 are still in captivity to the terrorist group Bako Haram. In the Middle East the tourist group ISIS had abducted girls and sold them as sex slaves for $10.00.

What needs to happen for real change and equality in the world?

I believe it’s the question of value. We have to value women, children and men. No one group should be left out. Regardless of where they are from, how they are educated, what size they are, small or big, short or tall, or regardless of skin color. None of these things should matter.

In Galatians 3:28 it says,

“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

At the core the essence of this verse states that we are all equal in Jesus. We are all one and seen as equals to Jesus.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights says,

“”All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”

If we truly believe these words then change and transformation could happen in the world.

For equality we must value all people and chose equality. Treating people with dignity regardless of circumstance or opinion. But this wont be enough to stand against inequality in the world. We must seek equality for those who are marginalized, or those who do not realize others are out there waiting to take advantage.

One day as I was driving home from teaching in our prevention program called “Not My Generation: Slavery” the thought came in my mind, “right now there are children around the world living as slave’s.” My heart was sickened; here in the 21st century we are still fighting the battle of injustice, inequality and slavery. Something that should have been in the past, yet there are more slaves today then at any other time in history.

What can you do?

You can do something to bring change. Start by seeing people as equals and stand up for those who don’t know or cannot stand up for themselves.

Right now you can sign a petition asking for the Nigerian Government to take action against the terrorist group to return the school girls. Click here to sign, Amnesty International

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Prayers for Justice in Court Systems Around the World

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The judicial system is crucial to end slavery and create an atmosphere of freedom. Right now in courts around the world victims are seen as criminals and many times they never see justice. This week we will pray in faith for change and transformation around the world for places that are in need of justice.

One of the common factors that obstructs justice is prejudice and social inequality. In India for example justice is denied many times to women, in the Middle East rape victims can be put in jail. Injustice, so what happens when a girl is trafficked and sold as a slave. She many times is the very one that is criminalized, although small changes are happening we still have a long way to go.

Join us this week to ask God to change court systems, laws and bring freedom to those that have been victim to injustice.

Courts:

  • Justice: That court cases around the world would not show partiality to anyone because of funding, social stasis, race or religion but be objective and reflect justice. Exodus 23:2
  • Judges and juries: The judges and juries who are assigned to trafficking cases would be informed about slavery and the complexities with trafficking victims. They would have God’s wisdom in each case. Exodus 23:6
  • Lawyers: God would provide lawyers to fight for freedom. They would be anointed to try each human trafficking case they are given. Ezra 7:10

Laws:

  • New laws: Any gaps in laws that deal with human trafficking would be addressed and changed. Psalm 119:7
  • Current laws: Laws that exist would be enforced and judicial systems would pursue cases of human trafficking. Leviticus 18:5Leviticus 25:18
  • Change laws: Any laws that criminalize the victim would be exposed and changed. Laws around the world would reflect Christ justice and heart for people. Psalm 119:108

Freedom:

  • Victims freed: Any victims that are enslaved because of unjust laws would be found and freed. Luke 4:18
  • Strength: Survivors and victims would have the courage and strength to stand up for justice. They would be freed from the fear of facing their trafficker. Deuteronomy 31:6
  • Survivors: Would find peace and know Christ redemptive power. Ephesians 1:7

Thank you for joining us to pray for the end of slavery. We know that your prayers are changing the world.

 

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Connected: Child Slavery in America

IMG_3259Connected, I am not sure if their has ever been a time in history where people could be more connected? I mean Ebola in West Africa has made it’s way to the state where I live in America. It is said that a toddler was the first one to contract the virus after playing in the dirt. And fast forward a year later and thousands of miles away a person in died of the same virus. We are connected.

You might be asking what does that have to do with slavery or me? Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” It was like he looked into the future when he said that. We are so interconnected now that I can run to the store and buy fish that comes directly from Thailand. Where the fishing industry is known to use immigrants from neighboring countries and exploit them into slaves. Many children.

Where different locations around the world are known for child sex tourism. Places like Atalanta, New Orleans, or Central America.

We are connected, as thousands of people leaving countries where violence and exploitation is their future. They are seeking refuge in a place they believe is safe and will welcome them with open arms. But the reality is many have fallen victim to human traffickers. Because they were seeking refuge.

What is the solution? Well I believe prayer is essential, it’s also our heartbeat at Prayer For Freedom. It’s the one way we have seen the miraculous happen in a matter of hours. The other is putting feet to our words, when we say more awareness is necessary then we go out and raise awareness. When we hear that children need to be educated, then we go out and teach our children. Prayers and action are integral parts to ending slavery.

Here are a few things you can do right now to stop slavery.

  • Know the signs and call the hotline number National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888 in the US click here to find your countries.
  • Stop with the PORN. No joke research says that porn fuels slavery. #noporn
  • Pray to end slavery.
  • Talk to your kids about traffickers. If your child has been to a mall, amusement park, Starbucks, Elementary, Middle orHigh-School and/or on Facebook then they have been where pimps (aka Traffickers) hang out to find new slaves. Don’t want to freak any parents out but talk to your kids.
  • Report Child Abuse, statistics are anywhere from 60-98% of kids who were trafficked have previously been sexually abused as children. Intervention is key.

These are just a few ways that you can bring change to end child slavery. And I know that everyone can do something. If you have helped end child trafficking please let us know so we can share your ways of bringing change.

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Prayers to End Child Slavery

IMG_1171In Joshua 1:9 the Bible says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

As we stand in prayer to end slavery there are two things we have to be, strong and courageous. Strong in our fight to continue no matter what statistics we read or when we look into the eyes of children that are or have being trafficked. And courageous to know, God is fighting the battle before us for those enslaved.

These two words have been the theme for this year and I can honestly say this year I have seen more injustice than I ever knew existed. I have met and prayed with girls that have been raped by fathers, forced into sex slavery and other girls that have no tangible hope for a future. Through all of it I have known more hope and faith in God, I have seen God speak to children longing for hope. I’ve seen angry boys choose Jesus and start to find joy; I have seen girls 8 and 9 years old forgive the people who raped them. Miracles of God, and signs that God will be with us wherever we go. Join us this week to pray for more miracles.

Abolitionist:

▪   God give all the people that are fighting for freedom strength and courage to continue. Joshua 1:9

▪   Provide financial security for there work. Isaiah 58:11

▪   God protect everyone that is standing up for victims. Psalm 42:3

Freedom For Children

▪   God bring freedom to children that are trapped in slavery. Romans 8:21

▪   Give them courage and strength to never give up hope. Joshua 1:9

▪   Any death or curses that might have been spoken over them replace with life and truth through Jesus. Psalm 56:13

Change in Society

▪   Empathy and compassion would be shown towards victims of slavery. Psalm 102:13

▪   Children would be valued by Society.

▪   Revival would begin in places renown for human trafficking. John 4:43-45

Remember as you face the challenges and problems of this week that God says, “be strong and courageous” He is fighting for you wherever you go. Thank you for taking time to pray for freedom for those enslaved your prayers are changing the world. Please continue to pray for the girls in Nigeria for their freedom, hope and healing. #bringbackourgirls.

 

 

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A look into slavery around the World

The number of slaves estimated in the world.

The number of slaves estimated in the world.

Top 10 countries notorious for slavery, Mauritania, Haiti, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Gabon and Moldova. These countries have the highest prevalence of slavery. Although, other countries have higher number of slaves like Thailand, Burma (Myanmar) and several others nations. New research in 2013 revealed this and the fact there are 29 million people living in slavery.

These countries might be your own nation, or a distant land. It might be far away from you or right next door. Regardless, don’t think for one moment that slavery doesn’t touch your life no matter how far away it might be or how close. Chocolate is one example. I enjoy eating chocolate and I’m sure I am not alone in that. In 2013 billions of dollars were made through selling chocolate. Hershey’s alone sold over 5 billion. Out of the 20 plus countries that I have traveled too all sold tasty tidbits of chocolate. And few people dislike it. Where does a significant amount of cocoa come from? Africa, and 20% comes from the Cote d’ Ivoire. Which was named as having one of the highest levels of slavery.  The reasons this country was named is because of forced child labor in the cocoa fields. But as awareness about chocolate started to be raised in 2010, companies like Hershey’s said they would make sure by 2020 all cocoa beans they buy would be ethically harvested. Through a certification process. Nestle is also creating a sustainable plan to help farmers and illuminate child labor. They have built a number of schools to help ensure education to the children in many villages. All of this is wonderful and progress is good, but still their are an estimated 600,000 children still working in the cocoa fields of Cote d’ Ivoire. A system of slavery and generations of using child labor, hunger and poverty continue to be reasons that children are still enslaved. Solutions are not easy but we must face these issues with thoughtfulness and determined resolution to fight for freedom. To insure that the lives of children on the tip of the equator are just as important as our children. Would you let your own children harvest cocoa in dangerous conditions and not go to school? Many people believe boycotting a product is a solution that will bring change, and many times it does. But sadly it can also make those most vulnerable even more at risk and puts others at risk as well. Expressing to a company that you want to buy only what is ethically produced. Thanking companies that are committed to supply chain transparency, and development of long lasting plans that hopes to bring change for the future of their country. Holding companies like Hershey’s accountable to the promise they made and requesting to be informed on progress towards that goal. These are solutions that can affect lasting change. As you sit down today to enjoy your little taste of chocolate remember, from the bean to your mouth many people have been part of the process. Hopefully, none of the process involved children. Please continue to pray for the freedom of children in Cote d’ Ivoire and all of the people that might be living in slavery in that country. And remember to hold companies accountable to how their supply chain is monitored.

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Prayers of Justice and Awareness to End Slavery

This week I was training new volunteers to work in our prevention program with children. In each training we ask questions about trafficking cases to find out where our audience stands on knowledge and understanding of human trafficking. And to find out if they blame the victim for being trafficked.

Our questions are:

  1. What happened to make the victim vulnerable?
  2. What could have happened to prevent the victim from being trafficked?
  3. Do you think the victim is at fault?

Sometimes the responses are shocking. Like “Why didn’t they just escape?” As if I trafficker made it easy for someone to escape. One of the most common answers to question #2 is to raise awareness. Now I know that awareness is still necessary, but I live in the United States and many people know about human trafficking and slavery. They have seen a movie, watched a crime show or read a novel that depicted slavery.

The problem with awareness is no one seems to be connecting the dots. And I am not positive that the “Hollywood” version of trafficked victim hasn’t done more harm than good. The dots have to be connected if we want to see real change. This week our prayers are going to focus on these three questions by praying for the opposite.

Protected:

  • Father, help people who are in vulnerable situations to be protected. Keep them safe and away from those who would seek to exploit them. Psalm 27:5
  • Provide for their basic needs. Jobs, food, and medical care. Philippians 4:19 
  • God please help children who are in dangerous situations to be found before they are exploited. Let intervention happen quickly. Psalm 12:7

Justice:

  • God bring justice to victims of human trafficking. Amos 5:24
  • Expose any corruption that is stopping justice. Court systems, law enforcement and Government officials. Leviticus 19:15
  • Help victims of trafficking to be seen as victims and not criminalized. Genesis 16:13

Freedom:

  • Reveal anyone who are trapped in slavery. Ephesians 5:11
  • Help victims find freedom that are trapped by threats and coercion. Luke 4:18
  • Jesus, help them to find healing physically, spiritually and mentally. John 8:32 Galatians 5:1

Please remember to continue to pray for the girls still enslaved in Nigeria. #bringbackourgirls. Thank you for standing with us in prayer we know your prayers are changing the world.

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