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NCJ Number: 228720 Find in a Library
Title: Pleasure is Momentary...the Expense Damnable?: The Influence of Pornography on Rape and Sexual Assault
Journal: Aggression and Violent Behavior  Volume:14  Issue:5  Dated:September/October 2009  Pages:323-329
Author(s): Christopher J. Ferguson; Richard D. Hartley
Date Published: October 2009
Page Count: 7
Type: Literature Review
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Netherlands
Annotation: This review examines evidence about the influence of pornography on sexual aggression in correlational and experimental studies and in real world violent crime data.
Abstract: The available data about pornography consumption and rape rates in the United States seem to rule out a causal relationship, at least with respect to pornography availability causing an increase in the incidence of rape. In fact, crime in general and rape specifically, has decreased substantially for the last 20 years. Concurrently, availability of pornography has increased steadily in the last 20 years. These data give the impression of a catharsis effect; that exposure to pornography may actually provide a means to alleviate sexual aggression. The effects of pornography, whether violent or nonviolent, on sexual aggression have been debated for decades. This review examines the data on pornography and sexual assault. Figure and references
Main Term(s): Pornography as crime factor
Index Term(s): Literature reviews; Pornography; Rape; Sex offenses; Sexual assault; Sexual behavior; Violence; Violence causes; Violence prediction
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