ACTIVISTS

KEY THINGS TO REMEMBER

There are many complexities within the porn industry. Some porn performers have been directly exploited or trafficked into the industry, whilst others have chosen to work in the industry and do so without coercion. However, many porn performers who have made this choice go on to experience coercion and abuse once they begin working, making it difficult for them to leave. Without knowing their individual experiences, you should steer clear of referring to anyone within the industry you may engage with as ‘exploited’ or a ‘victim’.

Leave behind any preconceptions that you may have about the adult industry and the people who work in it; you do not yet know their story. Remain open-minded, be respectful and kind, and try to build a relationship of trust.

Working within the political arena provides the possibility of creating laws which seek to better protect children and adults from the practices which contribute to the collective social harm.

There is a need to break the taboo of talking about pornography and have an honest discussion about its social cost. Political debate is an important part of a democratic nation yet historically this topic has usually been avoided, which has resulted in failure to give it the serious attention it needs.

TOP 3 RESOURCES

THE PORNOGRAPHY INDUSTRY - WHAT EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW, SHIRA TARRANT

This book looks at ongoing political controversies around the porn industry, the feminist porn wars, the views of the religious right, the history of pornography, landmark legal cases and the latest in medical research. It also explains the industry basics - who works in porn, why people become performers, how much they earn, and what happens on a porn set. It enables readers to explore these issues and make their own decisions about the debate.

WWW.XXXCHURCH.COM

This organisation has the largest website dealing with issues of porn and sex addiction. Their ‘industry’ section contains some useful blogs and testimonies covering their team’s engagement with the adult industry from a Christian perspective.

WWW.CARE.ORG.UK

CARE is a Christian social policy charity that researches and engages with issues relating to human dignity: human trafficking, pornography, marriage and family, bioethics and online safety. For up-to-date information on the law surrounding the porn industry, contact CARE via their website.

ONLINE RESOURCES

BARONESS HOWE’S ONLINE SAFETY BILL (AVAILABLE ON THE PARLIAMENTARY WEBSITE)

A bill to make provision for the promotion of online safety; to require internet service providers and mobile phone contracts to provide an internet service that excludes adult content; to require electronic device manufacturers to provide a means of filtering internet content; to make provision for parents to be educated about online safety and for the regulation of harmful material through on-demand programme services.

WWW.24-7PRAYER.COM

24/7 Prayer is an international, interdenominational movement of prayer, mission and justice working in more than half the nations on earth. It helps millions of people in thousands of locations to encounter God and engage with the needs of the world. It’s aims are to revive the church and rewire the culture through ‘Prayer Rooms’ and ‘Boiler Rooms’.

WWW.STOPTHETRAFFIK.ORG

Stop the Traffik is a global movement of individuals, communities and organisations fighting to prevent human trafficking, including sex trafficking.

WWW.HOPEFORJUSTICE.COM

A charity working in America, the UK, Cambodia, and Norway to rescue and restore victims of human trafficking, including sex trafficking.

WWW.INTERNETMATTERS.ORG

Created by Internet Service Providers, Internet Matters brings advice on internet safety issues, news and advice from industry experts, guidance on setting parental controls and filters and reviews on the latest technology and apps. By keeping up to date with the way children are using the internet, parents and carers are better equipped to support children in using the exciting new services safely and responsibly.

BOOKS

DON’T CALL IT LOVE: RECOVERY FROM SEXUAL ADDICTION, DR PATRICK J. CARNES

Based on the testimonies of more than one thousand recovering sexual addicts, this book reveals the findings of Dr Carnes’s research and offers advice from the addicts themselves.

IMPOSSIBLE IS A DARE, BEN COOLEY

Ben Cooley was just 26 years old when he booked Birmingham’s NEC arena, with a vision to live in a world free from slavery. This is a story of passion turned into action. Ben shares the journey of ‘Hope for Justice’, from being just one man with a wobbly desk to an international organisation helping to fight trafficking in the UK, US, Cambodia and Norway.

RED MOON RISING, PETE GREIG

This gutsy true story of the rise of the 24/7 Prayer movement is peppered with miracles and hard times of suffering. Starting at Cape St Vincent where Pete Greig receives a powerful vision of a coming army of young prayer warriors, it moves onto the eventual formation of prayer rooms and the practical practice of continual prayer around the world coordinated through the web. Read inspiring stories of people finding a new depth of heartfelt prayer and radical compassion.

DIRTY GLORY, PETE GREIG

Following on from ‘Red Moon Rising’, ‘Dirty Glory’ describe stories of transformation, from a walled city of prostitution in Mexico to the nightclubs of Ibiza, and invites people to experience the presence of God through prayer. An autobiographical adventure story spanning four continents, ‘Dirty Glory’ will inspire and equip those dissatisfied with the status quo and stir passion for the possibilities of spiritual and social transformation in our time.

THE IRRESISTIBLE REVOLUTION: LIVING AS AN ORDINARY RADICAL, SHANE CLAIBORNE

Shane uses unconventional examples from his own life to stir up questions about the church and the world while challenging readers to truly live out their christian faith. Shane shares stories from his community and brings fresh inspiration to live out this radical message.

Ian Henderson