Canadian Documentary Seeks to Talk about Kids and Porn

On Thursday, October 26th at 6:30PM, the North Okanagan – Shuswap District Parents Advisory Council will be hosting a free public screening of Over 18, a documentary about pornography produced by Canadian charity, Hope for the Sold. The screening will take be at the A.L. Fortune Secondary School Theatre in Enderby, BC

The documentary tackles an issue that many people would rather ignore; the effects of pornography on children and youth. The documentary follows the true story of a boy who became addicted to pornography at the age of nine while playing on his computer in his family’s living room. The film has several interviews with experts from around the world as well as people who are still active in the porn industry today.

In an interview with CBC, Jared Brock, founder of Hope for the Sold and the film’s director said, “Ninety per cent of boys under the age of 18 have looked at porn and 60 per cent of girls… The stuff that they’re accessing isn’t the Playboy that the previous generation saw – breasts in a magazine. It’s body-punishing sex.”

The statistics are truly staggering. 9 of 10 boys view pornography, with the average age of exposure being just 12 years old. But it’s not just a male issue – 60% of girls having seen porn by age 18, and 57% of girls and 83% of boys have seen group sex online.

In October 2016, Over 18 was screened at Parliament Hill in Ottawa and was co-hosted by MPs from all five parties. MPs in Canada are hoping to get legislation passed to see meaningful age verification for pornographic material online.

Limited seating is available. Please RSVP by emailing sd83dpac@gmail.com or by registering at Event Brite.

To find out more about the documentary and the work of Hope for the Sold you can visit over18doc.com.

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