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Anti-pornography movement holds annual conference in Salt Lake City

The Utah Coalition Against Pornography (UCAP) chose to host their annual conference at the Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, last weekend. Several speakers, including Joy D. Jones, the General Primary President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spoke during the conference, regarding pornography.

In 2016, the Utah Senate called pornography a “public health crisis.”

UCAP’s 16th conference

In 2016, UCAP declared pornography as a public health crisis. UCAP has held 16 such conferences to talk and address the problems of pornography. Suzanne B. Spencer said, “Doing something is better than nothing.”

The conference aimed to empower the community so that individuals are encouraged to take action against pornography. Joy D. Jones said, “As the popular catchphrase says, ‘porn kills love,’ but let’s also remember that love kills porn.”

Deeming pornography “the new drug,” she went on to say that love is a powerful element which motivates parents to listen, prepare, and respond to children. LDS Church has been fighting a battle against pornography and are outspoken on this topic for the last few years.

Jones said that it was important for the parents to talk about their children’s biggest and strongest temptations. If they fail to do so, they will have to depend on Hollywood, other teenagers or children, and the Internet.

Words of wisdom from the speakers

Rebecca Pond, an advocate, talked about how to bring change effectively. The first step is to make sincere compliments, before asking the concerned party to make the changes.

According to Pond, this technique helped in bringing down a billboard for a Mexican restaurant which had images of a surfer clad in a bikini.

When Dina Alexander joined the anti-pornography movement, fear was her motivator. Over time, she has learned that deliberation is more effective than being defensive when it comes to raising kids that are tech-savvy, resilient, and shun porn.

President and founder of Educate and Empower Kids, Dina Alexander was one of the many speakers who made their voice heard in the 16th conference.

Alexander believes that by teaching children why parents want to spend more time with their children, it becomes easier to establish device-free/tech-free dinners and zones. When kids understand the true reason behind their parent’s restrictions, they are more likely to follow through with them.

Be Broken Ministries director of training, John Fort said that parents shouldn’t be shy when they have to talk about pornography with their children. When parents open about their experiences with porn, children will understand the problems associated with it.

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