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BYU-I students fight the new drug

Written by Madison Borden

Fight the New Drug, an organization created to raise awareness about the harmful effects of pornography, recently promoted “No Porn November.”

To represent No Porn November, Fight the New Drug released new merchandise and generated news and facts about pornography during the month-long campaign, according to fightthenewdrug.org.

“The purpose of this month is to spread the facts on the harms of pornography and be a voice on social media,” according to the website. “We want to help our Fighters change the conversation surrounding pornography by providing them with ammunition to spark a discussion. That’s why we’ve been releasing a #NoPornovember fact card a day since the beginning of the month.”

The facts cards are intended for people to share with others on social media. No Porn November was designed to make people feel like they are part of a movement of social change and take it upon themselves to start in their own circle with taking a stand and fighting for love, according to fightthenewdrug.org.

Celine White, a senior studying communication, focused her senior project around the dangers of pornography. She said that, every second, 28,250 users view pornography, while every second, $3,075 is spent on pornography, and, in 2015, over 1,917,793,000 searches were made       about pornography.

“In our society, there is so much shaming,” White said. “So many of us have the misconception that those who make these sins are bad people. I wanted to make it a safe, hopeful topic to talk about.”

White said, because of the high demand for pornography, producers must create more and more violent and extreme content to satisfy their users.

Fight the New Drug focuses on three main aspects where pornography is most harmful. These are the brain, the heart and the world, according to the fightthenewdrug.org.

Craig Balker, a youth educator and speaker against pornography, said the demand for pornography leads to larger issues than viewers understand.

“It affects things like sex trafficking, and it leads to much bigger issues that people don’t realize,” Balker said.  “Pornography doesn’t only affect a viewer, but it also affects a person on the other side. When you click something, you might be supporting something else.”

Jesse Breffle, a senior majoring in international studies, said he followed Fight the New Drug when he discovered them on Facebook two years ago and is involved in supporting and promoting the program.

“Our church talks about the spiritual dangers and outcomes from pornography, which is great,” Breffle said. “But the reason why it’s a spiritual danger is because it’s a physical danger. People need to understand scientifically why pornography is bad—not just because it’s a sin, but because it does affect you in your brain, and that’s what Fight the New Drug is about. It’s all scientific proof.”

Similar to Fight the New Drug, many programs are designed to help those with pornography addictions, including those derived from the LDS Church. These include the 12-step program and Sons of Helaman program. Fight the New Drug also offers their recovery services called the Fortify Program, according to its website.

“Admitting to having a pornography addiction is a conversation that needs to be had,” Breffle said. “People shy away from talking about porn. It is an ugly thing, but the stigma we’ve given it is that ugly things shouldn’t be talked about, but people should be more open to talking about addiction to pornography.”

Breffle said people should treat their friends who have a pornography addiction with respect and to be understanding of their difficulty.

“Faith only goes so far if you’re not utilizing the tools you have,” Breffle said. “Acknowledge the problem, then have the courage to get help.”

Correction: The article originally stated Fight the New Drug is, “a program created by BYU students to overcome the dangers of pornography.” None of the founders or executive staff of Fight the New Drug has ever attended BYU.

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