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Legislation introduced in Utah declares porn a “public health crisis”

Last Updated: February 2, 2016

Lisa Eldred

Lisa Eldred is the Educational Content Strategist at Covenant Eyes, and has 10 years of experience in researching and writing about porn addiction and recovery. She has authored numerous blog posts and ebooks, including More Than Single, Hobbies and Habits, and New Fruit, which was co-authored with Crystal Renaud Day. Her writing about faith and fandoms can be found at Love Thy Nerd.

A resolution introduced in the Utah State Legislature on Friday seeks to declare pornography a “public health crisis” and urges education and policy-change to battle it. Covenant Eyes applauds Utah’s effort to recognize this growing health concern linked to many societal ills.

“Designating pornography as a public health crisis accurately describes what porn is doing to our society and culture,” said Ron DeHaas, founder of Covenant Eyes, an Internet Accountability and Filtering company. “A recent, ground-breaking survey, The Porn Phenomenon, showed most teens and young adults believe ‘not recycling’ is worse than viewing pornography and that nearly half of young adults thought that forced or violent sex acts in pornography were not immoral. At a time when nearly every family has been touched by the harms of pornography, this designation of a health crisis treats the problem the way it should be.”

Covenant Eyes is co-sponsoring a global summit with Josh McDowell Ministry in April that will deal with the porn epidemic. More data from The Porn Phenomenon survey will be released at the Set Free Summit and will strengthen the argument that we are at public health crisis levels. Learn more about this event at www.setfreesummit.org.

In addition to attending the Set Free Summit, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation has a series of Action Steps to show your support.