Audrey Assad: Porn Found Me at 15

Porn is a problem for women and the church isn’t doing much about it.

That’s the message singer/songwriter and worship leader Audrey Assad presents in this video.  Assad tells of her own struggles with pornography from her early teen years and the devastating effect it had her.

Assad says pornography found her at the tender age of 15 when she accidently stumbled across nude scenes on television.  It ignited in her an addictive interest and compulsive daily viewing of pornography. Her nightly prayers for deliverance brought none.

She laments that her church wasn’t much help in her struggle saying the topic was taboo. On the one occasion it was addressed she was told pornography was a male issue making her “feel like a freak of nature for being a girl who looked at porn.”

The resulting shame and isolation only made matters worse.  Assad says shame compels people to present a false front of piety and that was true in her case.

Assad references a recent Barna study that found 56 percent of women 25 and younger seek out pornography. 18 percent of young women view porn weekly. At the same time only 7 percent of churches have a program to address the problem.

It could be that there is a problem of denial in most churches.  While the Barna study found 67 percent of men view pornography monthly and 57 percent of pastors said they are struggling or have struggled with it in the past, many in church leadership don’t think those numbers are accurate in their congregation.

Rev. Jay Dennis of First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland, Florida says it’s time those in the pulpit wake up and fight back against the flood of X-rated material.  He told CBN News, “I believe that 80 percent of men in churches are struggling at some level with viewing pornography.”

And Assad is here to point out it’s a problem for women, too.

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Bob Ditmer
Bob Ditmer has worked in Christian media for more than 20 years including positions with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and Focus on the Family.