The Relationship between Pornography and Sexual Violence

Researchers have attempted to give conclusive evidence of the relationship that exists between pornographic addiction and sexual crime. In fact, most sexual offenders like Ted Bundy are usually questioned with them aim of finding out if they were addicted to pornography amongst other psychological evaluations (TLD, 2006). Studies have proven that approximately 90% of top pornographic films contain physical violence with close to 50% showing verbally aggressive behavior. The victims, who are mostly women, are made to seem to be enjoying such treatment and this affects the mind of the viewer and shapes his attitudes and actions. The human brain contains mirror neurons which are released when we watch what other people do. These neurons entice our brains to associate sexual arousal with violence as shown in such films (Fight The New Drug, 2017).

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I therefore believe there is a strong correlation between pornography and sexual violence. These mirror neurons explain how Ted Bundy admits that pornography that involved violence really affected him and drew him towards committing sexual crimes. (Hawkins, 2016). This has become such a silent killer that some misconceptions have come to light, including the fact that women secretly enjoy the act of being raped and that they would like men who are sexually aggressive.

I also believe that if pornography were not readily available, the number of sexual crimes would decrease. This is mainly due to the increase of young people as part of sexual offenders, for example in London where a young boy aged 13 years sexually assaulted his sister who was aged five. Such incidences point out to an increased influence which can be linked to the entertainment that children are exposed to, including pornography (Daubney, 2015).

 

References

Daubney, M. (2015, January 29). Does watching porn really turn people into violent criminals? Retrieved November 09, 2017, from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/11376283/Does-watching-porn-really-turn-people-into-violent-criminals.html

Fight the New Drug. (2017, August 24). How Consuming Porn Can Lead to Violence. Retrieved November 09, 2017, from http://fightthenewdrug.org/how-consuming-porn-can-lead-to-violence/

Hawkins, D. (2016, June 21). Pornography: The Missing Piece in the Movement Against Sexual Violence. Retrieved November 09, 2017, from https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/pornography-the-missing-piece-in-the-movement-against_us_57696ccfe4b06cb7dd543b4c

Pornography and sex: Ted Bundy’s fatal addiction. (1996–2006). [Online Excerpt] Retrieved from http://www.tldm.org/news6/bundy.htm