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School Assembly on Effects of Pornography

School Assembly on Effects of Pornography

As a follow-up to Mr. Jeff Botteron’s talks concerning expectations with technology use, we asked Fr. Stephen Duquaine and diocesan psychologist, Dr. Mark Glafke, to speak to our students about the very real effects of pornography.

They spoke at an assembly on Tuesday, April 12, in McHale Gym. Parents were also invited to come and listen. Topics covered:

  1. What is pornography?
  2. Impact of pornography on:
    • the brain
    • behavior
    • relationships (present and future)
  3. Pornography and attachment: How do I know i have a problem and how do I free myself from it?
  4. Spiritual defense against this temptation.

Depending on the source, the average age a child is exposed to pornography is between the ages of 8 and 12. Pornography can have devastating effects on a person’s psychological and spiritual well-being.

Technology can increase the risks of pornography exposure and addiction. Filters can help, but kids can and will find ways around content filters. We believe that knowledge and prayer can help keep our kids safe!

As a parent myself, I know how scary and overwhelming this can be! So what in the world can we do!!??

  • Begin by praying for our kids! Pray this or another worthy prayer for the purity of your child and mine!

Prayer for Purity by St. Thomas Aquinas

Dear Jesus, I know that every perfect gift, and especially that of chastity, depends on the power of your providence. Without you a mere creature can do nothing. Therefore, I beg you to defend by your grace the chastity and purity of my body and soul. And if I have ever sensed or imagined anything that could stain my chastity and purity, blot it out, Supreme Lord of my powers, that I may advance with a pure heart in your love and service, offering myself on the most pure altar of your divinity all the days of my life. Amen.

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