NACSW Publications

Audio File- Addressing Pornography in the Church
Kim Kotrla
Podcast. | Date Posted: November 27, 2013 | Date Recorded: February 28, 2011
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Abstract:   Ample evidence documents that the pornography industry is alive and well in the U.S. with sexually explicit images readily available through a variety of venues. Despite some commonly held misperceptions that pornography is victimless and harmless, research has documented there are often negative effects resulting from the use of pornography. Most church leaders have traditionally addressed the issue of pornography from a biblical perspective of morality or not at all, although some bodies of faith are developing new strategies to tackle this issue. Opportunities exist for social workers to partner with churches to strengthen responses of congregations in dealing with this controversial issue. This presentation will articulate statistics regarding the pornography industry, verbalize an understanding of the possible harms associated with pornography consumption as well articulate various ways that church leaders and social workers can address the issue through congregations.

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