The "Denmark Experiment" Failed! Porn Affects Behavior.

May 21, 2009

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The “Denmark Experiment"

Pornography proponents love to discount the rape-porn connection by referencing the “Denmark Experiment." In 1969 Denmark’s government lifted pornography restrictions. Studies in the early ‘70s by Berl Kutchinski of the University of Copenhagen claimed that easy access to pornography had reduced sex crimes by providing a “safety valve for potential offenders."

In 1977, in the International Journal of Criminology&Penology, 5, p. 129, John H. Court published a research paper titled Pornography & Sex Crimes. In this report Court indicated that the Copenhagen police had committed a gross error and now had released new rape statistics which were considerably higher than the figures originally reported. In the words of Court: “. . . The trend since 1969 indicates that there has been a new level higher than anything in the previous decade."

As expected, porn advocates have remained quiet about the results of similar studies in Sweden, Great Britain, New Zealand and Australia. In another of his works, Criminal Neglect: Why Sex Offenders Go Free (Toronto: Doubleday, p.141), John Court comments on the studies in these countries, stating:

“. . . As the constraints on the availability of pornography were lifted . . . the rates of rape in those countries increased. For example, in two Australian states between 1964 and 1977, when South Australia liberalized its laws on pornography and Queensland maintained its conservative policy . . . over the thirteen-year period, the number of rapes in Queensland remained at the same low level while South Australia’s showed a “six-fold increase."

Consider just a few of the headlines over the last two decades from Sweden, another “example country" pornography proponents are fond of citing:

Headline: Swedes cleaning up their morality act (New York Daily News, 8/17/86)   Here in the world capital of sexual permissiveness, the tide of sexual revolution has begun to ebb ... and a public outcry over pornography is growing. Swedish authorities ... outlawed live sex shows four years ago, for example, and now are considering a ban on the sale of violent pornographic videotapes. Sex expert Maj Fant said Swedes were naively idealistic, unaware of pornography's dark side. The new Swedish view seems to echo the recent U.S. [Attorney General's] Commission report on pornography, which contended there is a link between smut and violent sex crimes.

Headline: Sweden to Study Sexual Crime from Women's Viewpoint (STOCKHOLM, July 1, 1993, Reuters)    Alarmed by a sharp rise in sex crimes, the Swedish government ordered a study of rape, sexual harassment and indecent assault from a female standpoint. Official figures show sexual violence in Sweden rose 25 percent to some 6,000 cases in 1992 against the previous year . . .

Headline: Sweden Porn (STOCKHOLM, March 25, 2000, Reuters)    A group of Swedish chambermaids are seeking protection from male hotel customers who become “over-excited after watching pornography on television. In an article published in today's “Aftonbladet Daily, the group . . . called for the maids to be given alarms to use in case of attack.

Clearly, in light of this evidence and contrary to the rhetoric of pornography proponents, the Danish experience and that of other countries throughout the world shows a direct correlation between the legalization of pornography and the increase of sexual assaults against women. Knowing what we do about pornography and its effects on the male brain, there could have been no other result.

            If you would like more extensive data on the irrefutable link between pornography use and the abuse of women and children, I highly recommend Robert Peters’ (president, Morality In Media) article, The Link Between Pornography And Violent Sex Crimes, March, 2004. For more information, please go to www.moralityinmedia.org.   

For More Information:

If you want to learn more about the Brain Science of Porn Addiction, and how to protect your marriage and family from this addiction, get Mark Kastleman’s acclaimed book, “The Drug of the New Millennium. You can purchase it online at Amazon.com.


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