Raise the age participants can be in Pornography to 21- Help end Teen Porn

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 MAPP- No More Teen Porn

            In March 2014, two teenage girls porn videos were leaked by a classmate. Both were cyberbullied. Both turned to suicide as the answer. The difference being I survived to tell the story. Alyssa Funke at the tender age of 19 committed suicide just two weeks after my release from the hospital. I vividly remember the first time I heard her story. The resemblances were astonishing. The friend that sent me the news link captioned it, "This could have been you so glad it's not." At the time I didn't feel the same. I thought it should have been me. In the day's following the cyberbullying attacks, I questioned if any man would ever truly love me again, if my family would want me, if I wanted to continue being me. I did. I wanted to live. 

  Yet now I live in a world where a young adult can't legally smoke or drink until 21 but they can sell their bodies online at 18.         

            This is the world I have brought a child into. Whether it's through early exposure to hardcore pornography, child pornography, or simply a victim of divorce the child always loses.  

           Teen porn adds to the normalization and acceptance of pedophilia.

  1. My proposal is to implement a sexual education program for middle schoolers throughout college.  
  2. To create a space, group and social movement concerned about the individualistic and communal trauma pornography has on society via victim services and community outreach.
  3.   To revise the current laws on revenge porn.
  4. To define revenge porn in an absolute concrete way. Currently, the law in most states including California requires the defendant to be convicted of "intentionally attempting to cause emotional distress" in order to be convicted.      

      If someone were to share any of my private photos on social media without my consent. I would not have a case unless I could prove without reasonable doubt that the defendant was actively seeking to cause me emotional distress.  The definition of what constitutes something as pornography versus obscene must be cleared.  The definition of revenge porn should be revised and/or expanded on.  

  1.  5. The DSM-5 (the latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) Should revise their definition of addiction to include pornography.

            As a young adult with a passion for psychology and a desire to further my education in the field, it is audacious that our current standard does not recognize the addiction pornographic images has on the brain. Including internal and external distress caused resulting in trauma, suicide, and other psychological disorders. Since the DSM-5 is the standard for all mental health professionals wouldn’t it make sense for addiction to pornography to specifically be researched and treated?        Pornography addiction affects 1/4 men and 1/3 woman yet the APA doesn’t even mention pornography in relation to addiction. How can we find a solution if we don’t even see it as a problem? Porn addiction, is just that, an addiction. Except the victim doesn’t have any physical changes, isn’t recognizable and has access to the drug 24/7. 

 Help people know they are not alone and that this is a worldwide problem. It starts by raising the age a person can be in pornography to 21. Let's start a conversation. It starts with you.  

Join the movement. Spread the word. No More Teen Porn.  



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