Sanctuary for the Abused
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
May is Victims of Pornography Month
Speaking on behalf of the countless victims of pornography, poet Amber Smith poignantly states it this way:
A Victims Whisper
Once you've heard my story
Can you feel the pain?
Must I walk this cold, dark path?
Silenced by the shame?
Who will take a stand for me?
To say I'm not alone?
Who will take the pain I've felt,
And let the cost be known?
Author Amber Smith
Now more than ever, men, women, children, churches and communities are feeling the impact that pornography is having. The victims of pornography are real! Pornographers are profiting from someone’s pain, as stated in the above poem.
Why a VOP month? For over 5 years several national and local pro-family organizations have recognized May as the "Victims of Pornography Month." VOP month was established to address this growing problem and speak with compassion and convection to do all we can as citizens to stop the victimization that pornography brings to so many. In 1997 a web page was developed to not only aid those struggling with pornography, but spread the message to America that this is a real problem.
What is happening? Congressman Joseph Pitts along with several other elected officials, who have long been champions of VOP month, will be hosting a 2-hour summit with expert witnesses, counselors, and those affected by this issue on Capital Hill, May 19th in Washington, DC. National radio programs, organizations and interviews will be participating in this month. We encourage citizens and organizations around the nation to hold press conferences; write editorials to local papers; set up interviews on local radio and TV; encourage sermons and Sunday school lessons on this issue; and make others aware of outreaches in your community for those struggling in this area.
National call to action:
Several national and local organization are calling for the US Justice Department-CEOS Divisio, local prosecutors, and law enforcement officers to do all they can to enforce excellent obscenity laws already on the books. Call, write and e-mail Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and demand that the Department of Justice vigorously enforce the federal obscenity laws at AskDOJ@usdoj.gov
Below is a partial list of those you may contact for advice.
Scott Bergthold – 423-899-3025 – Expert attorney in zoning, license and regulation of sex businesses www.adultbusinesslaw.com
Phil Burress - 513-733-5775 Former 25 year pornography addict, now combating pornography as President Citizens for Community Values (CCV) www.ccv.org
Vickie Burress - 513-733-5775 Former wife of porn addict, Director of victim assistance and youth outreach www.victimsofpornography.org
Tammy Dahl – 352-483-1811 Former exotic dancer now helping girls who want to walk away for the strip club industry www.outofexile.org
Steve and Kathy Gallagher- 859-824-4444 Former porn addict and wife, Counselors of Pure Life Ministries (a live in facility for sexual addicts) www.purelifeministries.org
Rob Jackson 719-593-8382 Counselor of young pornography addicts www.rob-jackson.com
Jan LaRue – 202-488-7000 Expert attorney on pornography issue with Concerned Women for America www.cwfa.org
Gene McConnell - 513-702-8020 Former porn addict works with teens - President Authentic Relationships International www.authenticrelationships.org
Dr. Jeffery Satinover – 203-454-3200 Psychiatrist, lecturer and author of “The Quantum Brain.” Testifies to brain activity in pornography users and its affects. www.satinover.com
Jack Samad - 513-521-6227 Works with churches educating about the harm of pornography www.nationalcoaltion.org
Daniel Weiss - 719-548-5998 Pornography analyst with Focus on the Family www.pureintimacy.org
Pat Trueman – 202-624-3011 Former Chief of Child Exploitation Obscenity Section US Justice Department www.frc.org
County Attorney Justin Verst – 859-491-5843 Northern Kentucky prosecutor who has been instrumental in enforcing obscenity laws in his county, where now no hard-core pornography is pandered. www.law.state.ky.us/pac/codir/campbell.htm
Recognizing that pornography is affecting our families and friends... is the key to changing lives.
Who are the Victims Of Pornography?
Boys and girls that have lost their innocence by viewing pornography at an early age.
Wives of men preoccupied with pornography and the sex industry.
Women who are being treated with disrespect and sexually abused.
Young women trapped in an industry that exploits them and uses them as mere sex objects.
Children used for the sexual satisfaction of fathers, stepfathers, and men & women they trusted.
Young men exposed to a false image of sexuality.
Men who just can't stop using pornography or stimulating themselves while recalling those images.
A society that has become desensitized and dependent upon sex-charged images.
Neighbors that have increased crime and decreased property values because of the proliferation of pornography in their communities.
These people have real faces!
If you are a victim of pornography. . .there is hope!
Where can you turn?
There are resources available. Click Victims of Pornography
Tell your story.
Everyone's story with regard to pornography is a little different. If you've been or are a victim of pornography and you have a story to tell, we'd love to hear from you. Many counselors claim that it is very therapeutic. There is no need to include your name, unless you want to be contacted. It just might be that your story may help someone else who is a victim of pornography. Write: firstname.lastname@example.org