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"I believe pornography will follow the trend of the tobacco industry in public perception,” Dawn Hawkins, executive director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, said in a statement.  “Pornography today is pervasive and popular, similar to smoking in the 1950s, but as the harms become apparent, both the general public and elected officials will demand that a multi-disciplinary public health approach be implemented across the country to address it.”

Unlike books' much younger cousins in the media family - movies, television programs, music, and video games - books remain unrated.  This didn't used to be an issue, but graphic and explicit obscenity has made its way into books that sit on public school shelves.  Even elementary schools have been found to contain extremely graphic content.  To protect our children from this obscenity in public school libraries, where parents are not notified and cannot be present to help their children choose wisely, we have begun reading and rating books.  Our ratings provide page numbers and quotes.  The page numbers may vary depending on which version of the books was read and whether it was in print or digital.  Nevertheless we present the evidence so that parents and schools may choose wisely, and choose to protect our vulnerable youth from the addictive stimulant, pornography.

In April 2016, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a resolution that declared

 

Pornography is a Public Health Crisis.

 

The measure calls for education and policy changes to stop pornography exposure and addiction.

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