Hundreds learn how porn kills love

On Nov. 9, LifeEdge Solutions, Abria’s education outreach program, reached hundreds of students with five successful presentations by Fight the New Drug, an anti-pornography group. Students from middle school through college learned the scientific facts about the damage pornography is doing to individuals, relationships, and society.

Ellie Jensen, education outreach manager, choose to partner with the organization because the topic of pornography is highly relevant to LifeEdge Solutions’ healthy relationship education.

“Pornography is an issue that gets to the core of our culture’s struggle with relationships – loving things and using people. Fight the New Drug approaches this from a scientific lens which I think is an appropriate and non-shaming way to address this sensitive, yet important topic,” Jensen said. “It seems like a critical first topic event from which we can continue dialoguing about human dignity and sexual integrity.”

The organization was started in 2009 by a group of recent college graduates who wanted to spread the truth about the harm done by the ubiquitous porn of the internet age. Speakers travel the country, giving age-appropriate presentations to youth from middle school through college. They also offer a slew of online resources including a free program to help youth overcome pornography addiction.

The presentation combines personal testimony and scientific research into a multimedia platform to show how pornography acts like a drug on the brain. Video excerpts from interviews with experts in the fields of brain science, social science, and psychology also explain the link between pornography and sex trafficking as well as how pornography interferes with bonding and relationships.

Speaker Chris Bakker spoke to students at Maranatha Christian Academy, the University of St. Thomas, and the University of Minnesota. The impact was immediate.

The health teacher at Maranatha Christian Academy emailed Jensen shortly after the event, “I have had numerous amounts of parental feedback raving about how awesome the presentation was. The students have given all positive feedback.  Some said they thought it was going to be another one of those boring and awkward presentations, but it turned out to be their favorite of all time. Thank you!”

For students who may not be using pornography, the presentation was a wake-up call to take seriously the effects of its saturation into society.

“I learned that the addiction to porn is much more common than I had originally thought. Men and women struggle with it, which I think doesn’t get spoken about,” Hailey Pellegrene, a student at the University of St. Thomas, said. “My greatest take-a-way was that we need to be more aware of this drug in our midst and to be open to talking about it with others.”

She also called the scientific angle of the talk “refreshing.” She said the presentation got positive reviews from her friends, as well.

At the University of Minnesota, Jensen pulled together a diverse group of students to promote and assist with the talk. In addition to the Abria on Campus club, the fraternity Alpha Sigma Phi and the student group International Justice Mission also contributed. The Humble Cup Coffee shop provided free coffee.

Bakker also gave a presentation to staff from pregnancy centers across the state at Elevate Life’s professional development retreat on Nov. 10.

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