Just the Facts
  Breaking Free Chizuk #1793  
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Prevention: Porn facts
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Always Running
By Levi

I heard a vort from Osios d'Rabbi Akiva. Why does the letter zayin have a crown that points in two directions? Because baaley znus constantly look in all directions, one direction for lust objects, and the other direction to make sure no one is watching them.

What horrible stress lust addiction adds to one's life. We have no peace and serenity, and we're always insecure and always dissatisfied. HaShem Yirachem aleynu.

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Another 90-day success story
By sjuser
By GYE Member

I have special news to share. Today is day 90 for me! I've made it 90 Days clean for the first time since I've signed up!! I know that I don't really take part in the forum chats (I've found other GYE tools to be more helpful for me, and I've drastically cut down the time I spend online...), but I wanted to share this news with my fellow warriors;)
I've still got ways to go, but this is a special milestone for me and I'm so grateful to Hashes that I've made it this far.
First time I tried I fell on day 6, second time day 30, third time day 67. My last fall was Erev Yom Kippur this year and I haven't looked back! I'm grateful for fourth chances and just wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone for sharing their stories, and tips, and making me feel welcome, thank you for giving me hope and encouragement. You will never really know just how much you helped me in my darkest moments. Thank you. And now for Day 91!

Porn facts
By Diverseeducation.com

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Anyone who avidly follows contemporary popular culture and cultural trends in general is probably well aware that the pornography (adult entertainment) industry is an entity that generates billions of dollars of revenue in the United States annually. What is more notable is the fact that 90% of young boys and 60% of young girls have been exposed to pornography before they reach the age of 18.

Children become introduced to such material at 11 years old. Thus, it is hardly a surprise that we live in a society that is deeply immersed in and obsessed with pornography.

In 1994, the recently revived Promise Keepers organization conducted a survey that revealed that 50% of the men who attended their rallies engaged themselves with porn within one week of attending the event. That was two decades ago. The fact that a considerable percentage of religious people have been affected by pornography causes many individuals to take notice.

Other statistics from several studies and articles conducted by researchers found that:

· 50% of religious men and 20% of religious women stated that they were addicted to pornography.

· 54% of men polled that they visited porn websites at least frequently.

· Men are more than 543% more likely to look at porn than women.

· People who have committed adultery are more likely to view pornography.

· People who have paid for sex are 270% more likely to view adult sexual content.

Prior to the 1990s, pornography was something that most people had to travel across town to purchase in the red-light district. It was material that one could largely only find in adult book stores and eventually, in some cases, convenience stores where it was located behind the counter and one had to produce an ID indicating adulthood to purchase such material. In other cases, most young boys’ exposure to such material was sneaking into their parents’ bedroom and inadvertently coming across their father’s magazines. For the record, my father did not purchase or view pornography.

Decades later, with the advent of the internet, coupled with the relative degree of anonymity it affords, having access to adult-oriented content is much easier, and many people, particularly men, have not hesitated to take advantage.

It is probably safe to say that the majority of Americans (myself included) have viewed some pornography when they were relatively young, however minimal, without having it dramatically alter our lives. That being said, the downside is that, in our current environment, too many people (men in particular) are seeing their lives turned upside down as pornography has increasingly gained considerable control of their lives—sexually, psychologically, socially, financially and, in some cases, physically. In some cases, careers are being ruined and families are being torn apart.

In certain segments of society, sexual abuse, human trafficking and, in some cases, rape are steadily increasing. While pornography addiction cannot be blamed as the sole reason for these issues, it is certainly more than likely a contributing factor. These facts are troubling on a number of levels.

It is an issue that must be addressed quickly and aggressively.

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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