Pornography is an untreated pandemic of harm, said Patrick Trueman, president and CEO of Morality In Media and former chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. According to Trueman, the average first exposure to Internet pornography is at age 11. Seventy-nine percent of unwanted exposures to pornography happen in the home. The largest consumer of Internet pornography is ages 12-17. Eighty-eight percent of scenes in the top pornography movies are scenes of violence. Fifty-six percent of divorces cite online pornography as a major factor in the breakup.
Trueman gave the opening talk at Ignite the Light in a World Darkened by Pornography, a day-long conference on the harms of pornography and how to combat it, organized by the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Morality In Media and RECLAiM Sexual Health, with a special grant from Our Sunday Visitor.