Chief Sponsor: Todd Weiler

House Sponsor: Curtis Oda


9     General Description:
10          This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor recognizes that
11     pornography is a public health hazard leading to a broad spectrum of individual and
12     public health impacts and societal harms.
13     Highlighted Provisions:
14          This resolution:
15          ▸     recognizes that pornography is a public health hazard leading to a broad spectrum of
16     individual and public health impacts and societal harms; and
17          ▸     recognizes the need for education, prevention, research, and policy change at the
18     community and societal level in order to address the pornography epidemic that is
19     harming the citizens of Utah and the nation.
20     Special Clauses:
21          None

23     Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
24          WHEREAS, pornography is creating a public health crisis;
25          WHEREAS, pornography perpetuates a sexually toxic environment;
26          WHEREAS, efforts to prevent pornography exposure and addiction, to educate
27     individuals and families concerning its harms, and to develop recovery programs must be

28     addressed systemically in ways that hold broader influences accountable;
29          WHEREAS, pornography is contributing to the hypersexualization of teens, and even
30     prepubescent children, in our society;
31          WHEREAS, due to advances in technology and the universal availability of the
32     Internet, young children are exposed to what used to be referred to as hard core, but is now
33     considered mainstream, pornography at an alarming rate;
34          WHEREAS, the average age of exposure to pornography is now 11 to 12 years of age;
35          WHEREAS, this early exposure is leading to low self-esteem and body image
36     disorders, an increase in problematic sexual activity at younger ages, and an increased desire
37     among adolescents to engage in risky sexual behavior;
38          WHEREAS, exposure to pornography often serves as childrens' and youths' sex
39     education and shapes their sexual templates;
40          WHEREAS, because pornography treats women as objects and commodities for the
41     viewer's use, it teaches girls they are to be used and teaches boys to be users;
42          WHEREAS, pornography normalizes violence and abuse of women and children;
43          WHEREAS, pornography treats women and children as objects and often depicts rape
44     and abuse as if they are harmless;
45          WHEREAS, pornography equates violence towards women and children with sex and
46     pain with pleasure, which increases the demand for sex trafficking, prostitution, child sexual
47     abuse images, and child pornography;
48          WHEREAS, potential detrimental effects on pornography's users can impact brain
49     development and functioning, contribute to emotional and medical illnesses, shape deviant
50     sexual arousal, and lead to difficulty in forming or maintaining intimate relationships, as well
51     as problematic or harmful sexual behaviors and addiction;
52          WHEREAS, recent research indicates that pornography is potentially biologically
53     addictive, which means the user requires more novelty, often in the form of more shocking
54     material, in order to be satisfied;
55          WHEREAS, this biological addiction leads to increasing themes of risky sexual
56     behaviors, extreme degradation, violence, and child sexual abuse images and child
57     pornography;
58          WHEREAS, pornography use is linked to lessening desire in young men to marry,

59     dissatisfaction in marriage, and infidelity;
60          WHEREAS, this link demonstrates that pornography has a detrimental effect on the
61     family unit; and
62          WHEREAS, overcoming pornography's harms is beyond the capability of the afflicted
63     individual to address alone:
64          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
65     Governor concurring therein, recognizes that pornography is a public health hazard leading to a
66     broad spectrum of individual and public health impacts and societal harms.
67          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor recognize the
68     need for education, prevention, research, and policy change at the community and societal level
69     in order to address the pornography epidemic that is harming the people of our state and nation.

Legislative Review Note
Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel