This past week, I wrote an article on 21 things Pastors need to know about porn and it stirred up some discussion. This morning, I came across a two-part series on Zak White’s blog with some statistics. Sometimes I think stats actually serve to deaden our emotions to a problem, especially when we think about “masses” of people and skip over the individual stories of broken lives.

But just in case you wondered if pornography is really a problem, Zak’s examples are convincing evidence. Here are three stats that grabbed my attention…

Incidents of child sexual exploitation have risen from 4,573 in 1998 to 112,083 in 2004, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. (Reports of child exploitation up. USA Today Snapshots, 17 February, 2005.)

70% of 18 to 24 year old men visit pornographic sites in a typical month. 66% of men in their 20s and 30s also report being regular users of pornography. (First-person: the culture of pornography, R. Albert Mohler, Jr., Baptist Press, 28 December 2005.)

One out of every six women grapples with addiction to pornography (Internet Pornography and Loneliness: An Association? Vincent Cyrus Yoder, Thomas B. Virden III, and Kiran Amin. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity, Volume 12.1, 2005.)

Check out many more examples by reading Zak’s two posts.

Recommended Resource:

My Porn Blocker

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