Ex­po­sure to porn af­fect­ing chil­dren

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS -

DOC­TORS are re­port­ing an in­crease in young men hav­ing sex­ual dif­fi­culty and young women en­gag­ing in risky sex­ual prac­tices as a re­sult of their ex­po­sure to pornoga­phy, par­tic­u­larly vi­o­lent porn.

A study of more than 3500 Aus­tralian par­ents found one in three avoided hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion with their chil­dren about porn un­til it was too late.

The Uro­log­i­cal So­ci­ety of Aus­tralia and New Zealand (USANZ) said more teenagers and young men had per­for­mance anx­i­ety and erec­tile dys­func­tion, in part due to an over­ex­po­sure to porn and mise­d­u­ca­tion around sex.

USANZ an­drol­ogy group chair­man Eric Chung said: “The big­gest trou­ble is that, with pornog­ra­phy, it is a fan­tasy set up with a lot of un­re­al­is­tic ex­pec­ta­tions.”

Teenage girls are also pre­sent­ing with vagi­nal in­juries and en­gag­ing more in anal sex as a re­sult of ex­po­sure to un­re­al­is­tic sex­ual en­coun­ters on­line.

Cy­ber­safety group Fam­ily Zone said up to 30 per cent of pre-teens in house­holds with its soft­ware, of which there are more than 350,000 daily Aus­tralian users, are try­ing to ac­cess on­line porn, in­clud­ing 22 per cent of 0-8 year olds. A NORTH Queens­land coun­cil is re­fus­ing to say whether a se­nior man­ager has been sacked af­ter a skinny-dip­ping scan­dal near Tully last week.

Cas­sowary Coast Re­gional Coun­cil ex­ec­u­tive man­ager Bill Davis (pic­tured) and a fe­male col­league were al­legedly caught bathing naked at Bulg gun Creek last Mon­day.

The creek sup­plies water for Fel­uga, South Mis­sion Beach and Won­gal­ing Beach and is off lim­its to unau­tho­rised peo­ple to pro­tect the water sup­ply.

A coun­cil spokesman would only say two staff mem­bers had been stood down.

Mr Davis was ap­pointed as ex­ec­u­tive man­ager af­ter be­ing orig­i­nally hired as a con­sul­tant.

In July, The Cairns Post re­ported he rec­om­mended cre­at­ing the role and helped write the po­si­tion de­scrip­tion. It has not been sug­gested Mr Davis was not qual­i­fied for the job.

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