Politics

Anti-Porn Group Calls for Military to Get Rid of Porn Magazines

| by Amanda Schallert
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An anti-porn advocacy group has its sights set on the Pentagon for selling porn magazines to America’s troops at base camps around the world. 

Morality in Media, the anti-porn group, which runs a site named “Porn Harms,” claims that some military men are returning home to their wives addicted to porn, and those wives have voiced complaints, according to Channel 3 News.

After the group gained the support of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, it was able to influence the Armed Services Committee to suggest military officials take action against the ubiquity of porn magazines in a report it released last month, according to the Daily Mail.

“(Porn) changes marriages and it breaks them up,” said Casey Capozzoli, the Deputy Executive Director for Morality in Media. “It’s almost like your husband is cheating on you.”

The military has a long-standing and widespread problem with sexual assault against females in its ranks. 

In recent months, multiple crimes involving sexual harassment and sexual assault surfaced. With them, came attacks against internal corruption in the military, including secrecy and the failure of military leaders to address concerns of gender discrimination and sexual abuse.

Morality in Media ties the military’s sexual assault problems to the presence of porn magazines at many base exchanges.

“Pornography is sexually exploitive, the military has a sexual exploitation problem, and this is contributing to that,” Capozzoli said.

The Military Honor and Decency Act of 1996 makes selling sexually explicit material on base illegal. But Morality in Media said the Pentagon has failed to enforce the law in the past.

Sources: Channel 3 News, The Daily Mail