Addressing Demand in our Porn Saturated Culture

At our recent event "Sex Trafficking 101", we had a diverse crowd engaged in our message as various presenters graced the platform.  The stats can become overwhelming with the reality that 1% of victims are ever rescued and that there are more slaves/ trafficked victims than ever before in the history of mankind. We reiterated that we cannot be an effective movement of abolitionists if we don't address the demand for paid sex. 

  • The "buyer" fuels the market
  • The "seller" (Trafficker/ Pimp), exploits victims to earn revenue from buyers
  • the "victims" include women and girls who make up over 85 percent(and there are also men and boys who make up the realm of trafficked victims and survivors of sexual exploitation).  

We at Hope Restored Canada understand all victims, or "survivors" as we see them, as being sexually exploited regardless if they are involved in the sex industry through "choice", circumstance or coercion. 

It thrives because there is a serious demand.

One of the topics discussed in our Sex Trafficking 101 event, was the reality that pornography is a gateway that fuels the sex trafficking industry. We've hosted screenings of the "Over 18" documentary on porn which shows the viewers the reality that children are becoming addicted to porn in their formative years and how that affects their ability to have real, lasting and healthy relationships.  Next month we will be addressing the topic of survivor restoration but likewise the restoration of buyers of sex.  If we don't address the demand side of sex trafficking, we will constantly be raising funds to restore survivors in homes, counseling and trauma-informed care until the end of time. Meanwhile, the multi-billion dollar business of pornography continues to grow the legacy of destruction wrought by the sex trafficking industry if it remains unchecked. 

The Real Legacy of Hugh Hefner by Gene McConnell

Hugh Hefner, founder, and editor-in-chief of Playboy magazine, recently died at the age of 91. In the brief time since his passing, dozens of articles that portray and celebrate his legacy as a businessman and advocate for sexual freedom have been written. I personally struggle with my feelings about Hugh Hefner’s life work and legacy.

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In the brief time since his passing, dozens of articles that portray and celebrate his legacy as a businessman and advocate for sexual freedom have been written. I personally struggle with my feelings about Hugh Hefner’s life work and legacy.

A man, a human being has died, and because of this, I struggle with ambivalence as I write this piece. I struggle because I have compassion for his departed soul and I have empathy for those who loved and cherished him as family or friend, and it is to them that I offer my condolences.  

While I will not bash Mr. Hefner, the human being, I will be open about my questioning of the deservedness of his celebrated legacy. I, for the life of me, am unable to take part in the memorialization of someone who’s greatest influence, in my mind, was among the most destructive phenomena of our modern-day culture: The sexual revolution ignited by Playboy Magazine. Click here to read more (Faith Wire Article from October 17, 2017)

                    Click here  to listen to a podcast with Gene with Exodus Cry.

                  Click here to listen to a podcast with Gene with Exodus Cry.

Next month we will be addressing restoration for both survivors of sexual exploitation and for the buyers of sex. We will be discussing from a variety of vantage points what is necessary in the process of these individuals pursuing wholeness and holistic restoration.

  • Join us in person or via video conference on November 16th for our monthly talk on November's theme of Survivor Restoration. There will be a diverse group of speakers including Gene McConnell (co-author of the above article "The Real Legacy of Hugh Hefner"),  as well as survivors of sex trafficking and a dialogue between our guests and experts in the counseling and social service sector.
  • Join us again on March 3rd, 2018 as Gene will be featured as one of the keynote speakers at our first Summit here in Saskatoon. 

Gene will also be featured in an upcoming webinar as we address various topics including addressing demand, overcoming shame among other topics.

Gene McConnell is a popular speaker and author. His signature message, “The Power of Porn”, is about the sexualization of our culture and the impact it has upon individual lives, relationships, and communities. Gene was awarded Los Angeles County’s Citizen of the Year. Gene is on the leadership team at the renowned South Central Foundation in Anchorage, Alaska, fulfilling a vital role designing and delivering life-changing services for disenfranchised and under-served populations of native Alaskans.

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