Startling Stats

If you don’t really know just how widespread the epidemic of pornography is, just read the statistics below.  I think you’ll agree after reading these that there is a problem even with these outdated statistics.  These are just some of the ones I found on www.blazinggrace.org:

* The U.S. Customs Service estimates that there are more than 100,000 websites offering child pornography (which are illegal) worldwide. Red Herring Magazine, 1/18/02

* Hollywood currently releases 11,000 adult movies per year – more than 20 times the mainstream movie production. LA Times Magazine, 2002. * The average time a porn movie is watched in a hotel room is 12 minutes. Time.com, 3-29-05 * “The porn industry employs an excess of 12,000 people in California. In California alone the porn industry pays over $36 million in taxes every year.” Bill Lyon, a former lobbyist for the defense industry turned lobbyist for porn, as quoted by CBS News November 2003. * More than 30% of 1,500 surveyed companies have terminated employees for inappropriate use of the Internet, while only 37.5% of companies use filtering software. Websense Incorporated and The Center for Internet Studies, 2000. * 17% of all women struggle with porn addiction * 1 of 3 visitors to all adult websites are women * 9.4 million women access adult websites every month Internet Filter Review * 41 percent of surveyed adults admitted they felt less attractive due to their partner’s pornography use. Marriage Related Research, Mark A. Yarhouse, Psy.D.  Christian Counseling Today, 2004 Vol. 12 No. 1. * April 6, 2007: 70% of Christians admitted to struggling with porn in their daily lives. From a non-scientific poll taken by XXXChurch, as reported by CNN.

* A 1996 Promise Keepers survey at one of their stadium events revealed that over 50% of the men in attendance were involved with pornography within one week of attending the event.

* In March of 2002 Rick Warren’s (author of the Purpose Driven life) Pastors.com website conducted a survey on porn use of 1351 pastors: 54% of the pastors had viewed Internet pornography within the last year, and 30% of these had visited within the last 30 days.

* 47% percent of families said pornography is a problem in their home. Focus on the Family Poll, October 1, 2003. * At 13.3 billion, the 2006 revenues of the sex and porn industry in the U.S. are bigger than the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball combined. Worldwide sex industry sales for 2006 are reported to be 97 billion. To put this in perspective, Microsoft, who sells the operating system used on most of the computers in the world (in addition to other software) reported sales of 44.8 billion in 2006. Internet Filter Review * US Sex Industry breakdown for 2006: Video Sales and Rentals: 3.62 billion Internet: 2.84 billion Cable/PPV/In-room/Mobile phone sex: 2.19 billion Exotic Dance Clubs: 2 billion Novelties: 1.73 billion Magazines: .95 billion Total – 13.3 billion

Now, what in the world do we do with all of this? We help people.  One person at a time. You’re next.

9 thoughts on “Startling Stats”

  1. WOW. What you state in that last paragraph is exactly truth.

    It’s such a widespread sickness that obviously we can’t stop it. But what we can do it touch those lives in need that come our way.

  2. WOW. That is all amazing…and not good amazing. That broke my heart. Sex and Industry should never be used in the same sentence. 🙁

  3. I guess what is sad to me is that its not really shocking to me. My dad was addicted to it. Now my brothers (except the one who lives at my house and is trying to help change our family history!) are too. I was exposed to so much of it very young. And of course it led to things no one should ever experience. It breaks my heart over and over again.

  4. My question is how…how to do we help people…one person at a time…how do we show the one(s) we love so deeply the truth when they don’t want to see it because the enemy has them so blinded?

  5. Thank You. The facts and stats are all laid out there and it’s impossible to ignore. So what now? We can help one person at a time. But we can go even further because one can send a thousand to flight and two can send ten thousand. So we can come indivually and corporately and lift this up before God in prayer. We can pray against the stronghold of pornography, to pull it down from it’s high place. We can pray for the people in bondage to it and the ones forced to do it and the ones enslaved in it. And for those who are part of the Body who are caught up, for their hearts to be turned back to God to experience His true Love the Agapa Love of God and not this false euros love that is a distortion of what God really wanted us to have.
    For we were commanded to pray always in all manners of prayer. And God said in His Word ” the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous availth much”. So lets encourage all those who are not just hearers but doers of the word to address this issue in prayer. ” For Jesus said whatever you ask my father in my name He will do it so He may be glorified in the son and again I say whatever you ask in my name I will do it”. So let’s touch God’s heart & watch Him work!

  6. Every year, our seminary holds a seminar on porn addiction – we also have counseling for students/spouses on campus who struggle with it.
    Yeah – it’s everywhere…

  7. Hi Cindy,

    My question has nothing to do with the above discussion, but i need to speak to someone, who can judge me and still tell me the truth, I hope you can.

    i have been married for about 2 and half years, i am having issues with my husband, he wants us to save money becuase of the credit crunch, i quite appreciate that, we have a joint account and we both work, he earns 3times what i earn, i went out and bought a pair of office shoes which i believe i need or maybe not,without telling him about it, he saw the bank statement and then got really angry and said some nasty words to me, like i make his life miserable, all his friends say don’t trust a woman and that it looks like they are right, he said really hurtful words to me.

    Secondly, I have a mobile phone contract ending soon and I want to continue the contract so that i can get a new phone and still pay what I pay monthly, my husband said he wants the bill less than half, when we argued he said i should leave him alone in peace and he did not speak to me for 2days.
    Every time we argue I go and apologize to him and say I am sorry even when I am not, I can’t stand him being angry with me, the last time we argued he said I shouldn’t beg him and i should call him for the whole day, I feel really bad and my self esteem is soo low right now, my husband is a lovely man and very straightforward, I know I tend to over spend at time but I believe I have been good, but when he talks to me like a piece of shit or when he gets angry he says anything it really makes me sad, I am not a very spiritaul person neither is he, but I am huting really bad.

    What do I do to make things right?


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