CONFESSIONS PROMPT CHURCH STUDY ON SMUT - Most boys saw pornography first in class V

posted Mar 20, 2015, 12:37 AM by Snehalaya Web   [ updated Mar 20, 2015, 9:48 PM ]

Mar 20 2015 : Mirror (Mumbai)

CONFESSIONS PROMPT CHURCH STUDY ON SMUT - Most boys saw pornography first in class V

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And most schoolgirls saw porn first in class VII. The survey covered 16 of the city's parishes and 7 colleges
A survey of the porn viewing habits of two groups of people in 16 of the city's parishes and seven of its col leges has revealed that 75 per cent of unmarried men aged between 15 and 25 are first exposed to smut at age 9 and the same percentage of women belonging to that demographic consume pornography at age 12.
The four-month-long study, which will be released on Sunday at Sacred Heart Church in Santacruz, to mark diocesan prolife day, was conducted by the Snehalaya Family Service Centre of Archdiocese of Bombay.

The groups polled belonged to two categories; Group A: 422 men and women aged 21 and above and married, and Group B: 545 men and women between ages 15 and 25 and unmarried. (Mumbai Mirror has allocated these labels to the categories for the purpose of clarity.) A majority of those surveyed in Group A (65 per cent) were Christian, with those of various other denominations making up the rest of the sample size. In Group B, the portion identifying as Christian was 41 per cent.

Most of the unmarried men who answered a questionnaire circulated by 100 volunteers of the Centre said they first viewed porn in class 5. The same percentage of girls in that category filled in that section as class 8.

Of the married people polled, 60 per cent of women stated they were exposed to porn after completing senior college (31 per cent of these said they first viewed pornographic material after they were married. “In almost all cases, the exposure for women after marriage was through the spouse,“ said Nisha D'costa, one of the co-coordinators of the study.

According to her, the exercise was prompted by, among other reasons, increasing instances of the faithful seeking forgiveness in the confessional for having watched porn on mobile phones or computers (see box).

According to the findings, both men and women admitted that pornography “fed fantasies and showed an unreal world“. Twentyeight per cent of women polled (in both groups) said they felt degraded by such material.

Director of the Family Service Centre, Father Cajetan Menezes, said the church is of the opinion that people are yet to treat viewing of pornography as problematic. “For now, we are simply starting by telling them that pornography is a problem and it will