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FACTS FOR PREVENTION: The Impact of Pornography on

Children & Youth

For the purposes of this fact sheet we define pornography, "as sexually explicit materials (SEM) intended to create sexual arousal in the consumer. Nonviolent pornography is defined as sexually explicit materials without any overt coercive content, but which may sometimes imply acts of submission and/or coercion by the positioning of the models, use of props or displays of unequal power relationships. Violent pornography is defined as sexually explicit materials in which nonconsensual, coercive, and/or violent sexual relations are explicitly portrayed."1 Nevertheless, researchers have not reached universal consensus on a definition of pornography. Studies sometimes employ other terms or make other distinctions. For a better understanding of each researchers definition of pornography, readers are encouraged to refer to the individual studies cited.

Disclaimer: The views and information provided in materials and products developed for or disseminated by the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation do not necessarily represent the official views of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children or other individual members or organizations that make up the Prevention Coalition. Document last modified: January 14, 2011.

The impact of pornography is relevant to prevention of child sexual abuse and exploitation for a variety of reasons. Further, related research shows the impact of media on children and youth. • Violent media impacts children and youth.2, 3 • Sexual objectification - the portrayal of a child as a thing for others sexual use - impacts the mental and

physical health of girls.4 • Sexualized mainstream media contributes to an earlier onset

of sexual behavior in youth.5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 • Newer media appears to have an even greater impact. 12, 13 • The result of a recent meta-analysis shows a significant

overall relationship between...