Florida Senate - 2018                             (NP)    SR 480
       By Senator Stargel
       22-00648A-18                                           2018480__
    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution recognizing the public health crisis
    3         created by pornography.
    5         WHEREAS, pornography is creating a public health crisis and
    6  contributing to the hypersexualization of children and teens,
    7  and
    8         WHEREAS, efforts to prevent exposure and addiction to
    9  pornography, to educate individuals and families concerning
   10  pornography’s harmful effects, and to develop pornography
   11  recovery programs must be systematic and ascribe responsibility,
   12  and
   13         WHEREAS, due to advances in technology and the widespread
   14  availability of the Internet, children are exposed to
   15  pornography at an alarming rate and it often serves as their
   16  main source of education regarding human sexuality, and
   17         WHEREAS, 27 percent of young adults between the ages of 25
   18  and 30 report that they first viewed pornography before the
   19  onset of puberty, and
   20         WHEREAS, a child who views pornography is at a higher risk
   21  of developing low self-esteem, an eating disorder, and a desire
   22  to engage in risky sexual behavior, and
   23         WHEREAS, pornography objectifies men and women, normalizes
   24  violence and the abuse of men, women, and children, and depicts
   25  rape and abuse as harmless, thereby increasing the demand for
   26  sex trafficking, prostitution, and child pornography, and
   27         WHEREAS, pornography has potential detrimental effects on
   28  the user, including, but not limited to, mental and physical
   29  illnesses; difficulty forming or maintaining intimate
   30  relationships; unhealthy brain development and cognitive
   31  function; risky sexual behaviors; and addiction, and
   32         WHEREAS, recent research indicates that pornography is
   33  potentially biologically addictive, resulting in the user
   34  consuming increasingly explicit material to satisfy an
   35  addiction, and
   36         WHEREAS, pornography has a detrimental effect on families
   37  and is linked to a reluctance to enter into marriage,
   38  dissatisfaction in marriage, and marital infidelity, NOW,
   41  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   43         That the State of Florida recognizes the public health
   44  crisis created by pornography and acknowledges the need for
   45  education, prevention, research, and policy change to protect
   46  the citizens of this state.