Anti-Porn Group Adds Justice Department to Its 2016 ‘Dirty Dozen’ List

By Barbara Hollingsworth | February 1, 2016 | 3:11pm EST
 
 
Patrick Trueman, president and CEO of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. (NCSE)

 

 

(CNSNews.com) – An anti-pornography group announced Monday that it is adding the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to its “Dirty Dozen” list, which will be released on February 16, because of DOJ’s refusal to enforce existing federal obscenity laws.

“The Department of Justice deserves to be on the Dirty Dozen list now for the fourth straight year," Patrick Trueman, president and CEO of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE), said Monday during an online press conference.

"In my mind, no entity in America is more responsible for the distribution of hard-core pornography than the Department of Justice.

“And that’s because Congress over many years has passed several laws to curb the distribution of pornography, but the Department of Justice refuses to enforce those laws. They consider this, apparently, a matter of freedom of speech rather than sexual exploitation.

“But Congress and the United States Supreme Court have said repeatedly that this is not a freedom of speech issue. It is simply a matter of exploitation.”

Trueman, who called the current amount of porn being consumed a “public health crisis,” stated that federal law prohibits the distribution of hardcore pornography over the Internet, on cable/satellite or hotel/motel TV, or in retail shops.

“If you’re in the business of distributing it, that is a violation,” he pointed out.

“So if you wonder why your children get pornography, why your marriage is impacted, why our society’s standards have gone down, we can look to 10th and Pennsylvania Avenue here in Washington, D.C., to the Department of Justice."

Trueman, who prosecuted hardcore pornographers as a former chief of DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, argued that DOJ’s refusal to enforce existing federal obscenity laws gives pornographers a “green light“ to create obscene material featuring violence against women and the sexual exploitation of underage minors.

However, he noted, prosecution changes both the amount and nature of the porn being produced.

"What we found was that not only did the amount of material decrease dramatically once we began vigorously prosecuting these laws, but the nature of the material changed," he said.

“The porn industry put out standards saying they would not distribute or produce any violent movies like rape or child sex abuse. And when they did that, all those videos disappeared.”

A new study by the Barna Group entitled The Porn Phenomenon found that “nearly half” (57%) of young people aged 18 to 24 actively seek out pornography at least once or twice a month.

Only 32 percent of teens (13-17) and young adults (18-24) consider viewing pornographic images morally wrong, behind “not recycling” (56 percent) and “overeating” (48 percent).

Researchers also found that 27 percent of young adults between 25 and 30 said they were first exposed to porn as a pre-pubescent child. 

 

 

 

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