YouTube Channel Launched in War on Illegal Pornography
Washington, DC (July7, 2010) - The Coalition for the War on Illegal Pornography today announced the launching of a new YouTube Channel in its efforts to educate the public on the harm from pornography. The site, http://www.youtube.com/user/PornHarms, provides a wide variety of educational videos on the harm from pornography to children, the extreme violence against women prominently depicted in popular porn today, the significant incidence of addiction to pornography, the links between sex trafficking and pornography and many other damaging effects of pornography.
“Harm from pornography is an untreated pandemic,” said Patrick A. Trueman, the leader of the Coalition, a loose-knit group of organizations and individuals who are urging enforcement of Federal laws against illegal pornography. “The devastating effects of pornography on society are more apparent than ever nearly 20 years into the Internet age,” he said.
“If Federal laws against illegal porn were vigorously enforced, many of these ills would be diminished or disappear all together.”
Federal laws prohibit distribution of hardcore pornography, called obscenity, on the Internet, on cable/satellite or hotel/motel TV, and in retail establishments yet those laws are not currently enforced by the U.S. Department of Justice.
The Coalition posted videos on the new YouTube channel from its June 15 briefing to the U. S. Congress at which experts from across many disciplines discussed the harmful effects of pornography.
“Videos from the briefing have already been viewed more than 14,000 times in just the couple weeks it took to build out our YouTube site,” noted Trueman who is the former chief of the U.S. Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section in Washington, D.C.
“The videos have been copied by numerous other websites, including those belonging to newspapers and magazines. The viral nature of the Internet assures that the critical information we are providing on the devastation from porn gets a wide audience,” said Trueman.
The PornHarms YouTube site also links to studies on harm, to other sites fighting against pornography purveyors, and to sites offering help for those addicted to porn.
“Our YouTube site is the perfect complement to our educational website launched earlier this year, Pornography Harms, http://pornharms.com, on which we post all peer-reviewed research articles demonstrating the harm from pornography,” he said.
“Pornography is negatively affecting nearly every American family and the public is right to demand that Federal laws against illegal adult pornography be vigorously enforced, Trueman said.”