The Relationship between Pornography and Violence

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the conditions that lead to sexual attacks against women are an area that needs increased focus. Investigations have cited the role of the media, especially the role of pornography, in encouraging sexual violence.

Prior to being executed, the serial killer Ted Bundy was interviewed by a psychologist, James Dobson. Bundy disclosed that his addiction to hard-core pornography fueled the terrible crimes he committed. Bundy also made the startling statement, “I’ve lived in prison for a long time now, and I’ve met a lot of men who were motivated to commit violence. Without exception, every one of them was deeply involved in pornography—deeply consumed by the addiction.”

Through research and discussions, you will try to understand the role of pornography in causing sexual violence.

Reference: Pornography and sex: Ted Bundy’s fatal addiction. (1996–2006).

[Online Excerpt] Retrieved from http://www.tldm.org/news6/

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Task:

Read this article to expand your understanding of this topic:

Submission Details:

By Saturday, March 15, 2014, in a minimum of 250 words, post to the Discussion Area your responses to the following:

  • Summarize what you have learned from your readings on the relationship between pornography and sexual crimes. Share additional references to support your summary.
  • Explain whether, according to you, there is a strong correlation between pornography and sexual violence.
  • If pornography were not so easily available, explain whether sexual violence would decrease.

Use APA-formatted in-text citations for all sources provided on a corresponding reference page.

 

Discussion Grading Criteria and Rubric

All discussion assignments in this course will be graded using a rubric. This assignment is worth 40 points. Download the discussion rubric and carefully read it to understand the expectations.


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