Recovering sex addict to discuss porn effects

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    Pornography will be a hot topic tonight at “Porn Nation,” a multimedia-based event that will discuss the truth and consequences of pornography and sexual addiction, said the event promoter.Speaker Michael Leahy will talk about how pornography has affected his life and will share with students the dangers of addiction, said the event’s promoter, Matt Syme, a freshman broadcast journalism major.

    Leahy, who calls himself a recovering sex addict, lost his wife of 15 years and his two sons because of his addiction and is sharing his story to make students aware of the weight of their decisions, Syme said.

    “Pornography has become a national issue that students should be aware of,” Syme said. “It hurts the people closest to you and destroys relationships.”

    Leahy said he founded the organization BraveHearts LLC to bring awareness to this issue, which he said affects millions of people.

    According to the organization’s Web site, the United States is the largest producer and consumer of pornography in the world, and young people are among the most affected by it.

    Leahy has a three-year goal of reaching 100,000 college students on 250 campuses in the United States and Canada.

    “Porn Nation” will also feature video clips and testimonials from people who say they fell into the trap of pornography and how they recovered.

    Although “Porn Nation” is sponsored by Campus Crusade for Christ, it will be presented from a secular perspective, Syme said, adding that students are encouraged to attend even though the topic may be unconventional.

    Kristine Tisinger, a sophomore nursing major, said she was unsure if she would attend the event.

    “It’s an awkward topic that will be uncomfortable for a lot of students,” she said, “But the important things aren’t always easy to talk about.”

    Tisinger said she sees pornography as one of the big issues young people face, especially in college, and said she thinks it is an issue that shouldn’t be ignored.