Women, Porn Is Not Just A Men's Issue

Because of the openness with my story of overcoming porn addiction, I'm asked a lot of questions about it. This is great because dialog is necessary when it comes to the topic of pornography and how it can hurt people. One of the common misconceptions I encounter is that it's only an issue with men. A woman, usually in defense of her husband, will say something along the lines of, "Well, this is an issue men have to constantly battle." Wrong. This is a men's AND women's issue.

According to Covenant Eyes, 34% of women struggle with using pornographic sites. 1 in 3 women struggle with porn. When I tell women the stats there is usually shock.

If you are a woman, next time you are at church look around the room and think about one-third of the women there are struggling with porn. Actually, don't look around the room and wonder about everyone else. Take a look at yourself and ask some honest questions.

Yes, men struggle with porn at a greater percentage. 70%, according to Covenant Eyes' statistics. Men need to be militant in addressing the issue and putting up safeguards to protect themselves. (Here's a recent article from Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, on how pornography hijacks the male brain.)

And, we shouldn't think this is an issue for men when they get older. Did you know the the largest consumers of pornography are teens ages 12-17? If you have kids, or are a mentor to someone who is young, what are you doing to address the threat of pornography? Are you talking to them about it? Do you have internet filters in place?

Most children never receive any advice on how to surf the Internet. Is it any surprise they come across pornographic sites and start perusing them?

It's not just a man's issue or a woman's issue, it's everybody's issue.

If this is an issue you struggle with, know that you can receive help at Christ Community Church. You may think it is impossible to break from this addiction or struggle, but by God's grace it can be done. I, along with many others here at CCC, have found freedom through one of the renewal groups that meets here.

Women, we do have a group that meets on Tuesday nights that deals with sexual integrity. If this interests you, please email Josi Poloncic. For more information, check out The HUB for all Renewal Groups that meet on Tuesday nights. (Men, we also have Men of Integrity, a safe environment for men to address the issue of lust, that meets on Tuesday nights as well.)

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. -James 5:16 (ESV)