At Apologetics Conference, Donna Rice Hughes says ‘Pornography Pandemic’ is a Threat to the Family, the Church, and the World

Donna Rice Hughes, president and CEO of Enough is Enough, speaking at Southern Evangelical Seminary's 21st Annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics, Charlotte, N.C., Oct. 11, 2014. (Photo: The Christian Post/Napp Nazworth)
Donna Rice Hughes, president and CEO of Enough is Enough, speaking at Southern Evangelical Seminary’s 21st Annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics, Charlotte, N.C., Oct. 11, 2014. (Photo: The Christian Post/Napp Nazworth)

Southern Evangelical Seminary’s 21st Annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics shined a light on the problem of Internet pornography with Enough is Enough CEO and President Donna Rice Hughes calling it a pandemic.

“The Internet pornography pandemic has become one of the greatest global threats to children, marriages, families and nations. No one is immune,” said Hughes in her Saturday speech.

Citing peer reviewed research, Hughes noted that Internet porn harms children and leads to addiction, divorce and violence against women. It also contributes to the growing sex trafficking industry.

The average age, she said, at which children first view pornography is 11, and 93 percent of boys and 91 percent of girls have viewed porn before they are 18. This is important because viewing porn is highly addictive. It shuts down the prefrontal cortex of the brain and alters brain development in kids who watch it. After that, true intimacy with a partner becomes more difficult. With the technological advances of smartphones, one-third of teenagers now carry the equivalent of X-rated theaters in their pockets, Hughes added.

Hughes also delivered an Oct. 9 speech and participated in a panel discussion during the women’s pre-conference. Enough is Enough is a nonprofit organization that works to make the Internet safer for children, including fighting child porn and sexual predators who use the Internet to find their victims.

SES President Richard Land noted that he invited Hughes to the conference because he recognized that Internet porn has become a significant issue within the Body of Christ. In addition to her two speeches, Hughes wrote articles for the conference program and SES’ recent issue of Christian Apologetics Journal (pdf file here).

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