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Prevention: Pornography is a Public Health Crisis
Daily Dose of Dov: What's with YOU?
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Prevention
 
Pornography is a Public Health Crisis
 
Dawn Hawkins Executive Director, National Center on Sexual Exploitation
 
By GYE Admin

What does it take for something to be considered a public health crisis?

This question hit the national stage when the Republican National Committee declared pornography a public health crisis in its draft platform, which will be formally voted on next week at the Republican National Convention.

Opponents of the RNC platform have been quick to smear the amendment as a “moral panic” and have argued that guns should be labeled a public health crisis rather than pornography. 

Both of these claims ignore the reams of peer-reviewed research documenting the harms of pornography— harms which devastate individuals and families irrespective of their party affiliations.

Since 2011, there have been 24 major studies that have revealed porn has negative and detrimental impacts on the brain.

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Daily Dose of Dov
 
What's with YOU?
 
How I wish someone had asked me this 20 years ago!
 
By Dov

Someone wrote on the forum:

Undertaking a genuine Teshuva starts by understanding the mekoros and ikarim of the issurim of these issues. This is not only MY opinion, but many rishonim and baalei hamusar hold like this. You can get rid of an issur and a bad habit by shaping your mind to understand and be aware at all times, of the harm caused by our deeds.


Dov Responds:

You are talking about what the sforim and ba'alei mussar say about teshuva. That means you know this already. So then why is the struggle so hard if you know it already? After all, Hashem doesn't want this for you. So don't do it. You are a precious child of His - and His personal project. Right? Each of us is.So why do it?

I'm not talking about what's right - I'm asking you about what's with you. (Not what's with the Torah). You is what matters, because we already know that the Torah doesn't hold of looking at porn or masturbating. Get me?

Let's not play games, neither of us.

Teshuvah is b'ikar about what you have done. What does Teshuva have to do with not doing it any more? I know, I know... it's supposed to affect the future... So let it! What's your question?

How about not doing it any more for two months. Then talk about Teshuva.

Not so simple?

I'm not talking about "addiction" here - just about you.

What is the difference in the exact "nature of the prohibition" as far as stopping and staying stopped is concerned, if you agree that it is not what your very best Friend ever (Hashem) wants for you?

I wish I had someone ask me this very question 20 years ago. Oh, how I wish it.

Hatzlocha sweet yid!

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How to fight porn addiction
 
Do you think you may have a porn addiction?
 

Do you have a problem with obsessive and compulsive porn use? Have you seriously tried the tools on GYE and feel that you are not getting better? Maybe it’s time to consider joining a 12-Step program.

Porn Anonymous (PA)
If you’re compulsively acting-out with pornography and masturbation we suggest you explore joining Porn Anonymous (PA). If you need help deciding whether to join PA, call Michael at 347-699-2368, or email help@pornanonymous.org to schedule a time to talk. For more information visit pornanonymous.org (Hebrew: p-a.org.il / Yiddish: pa-yid.org).

Sexaholics Anonymous (SA)
If your compulsive acting-out has progressed beyond the screen (with other people, paid sexual services, etc.) we suggest you explore joining Sexaholics Anonymous (SA). To figure out if SA is for you, call Dov at 917-414-8205, or email Dov at dov@guardyoureyes.org to schedule a time to talk. For more information visit www.sa.org.

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