Woman speaks out about seeing porn at 6 years old

From the Sydney Morning Herald:

Liz Walker was only six years old when an older girl from up the street squashed in next to her on the school bus and excitedly whispered “Hey do you want to see something?” It was a magazine she found under her brother’s bed and full of graphic pornography.

“I felt this sense of disgust, but also arousal,” Ms Walker remembers. “I was catapulted into an awareness of my sexuality I wasn’t ready for. In my six-year-old brain I though that’s what you had to do to get noticed.”

She started looking at porn every afternoon after school, and trying out the scenarios she saw on other children. Her early sexualisation saw her lose her virginity at 12 and have multiple sexual partners during her teens.

“I was seeking out those sexual interactions wherever I could because I had been conditioned to think that’s what women did,” Ms Walker recalls. “I had a reputation as a slut from a very young age.”

Australian Childhood Foundation chief executive Joe Tucci​ is quoted near the bottom of the article:

“there had been a corresponding increase in the severity of problem sexual behaviour among children, such as using implements to penetrate other children, planning sexual assaults, using adult-like grooming techniques, and coercing their peers into acting out things they had seen on the screen.”

Pornography grooms children into sexual abuse, and in fact, it is sexual abuse.

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2 thoughts on “Woman speaks out about seeing porn at 6 years old

  1. I was exposed in a similar manner at age 5. Very different outcome, but it primed me to cooperate with a high schooler who abused me when I was 11: I thought this was “what the bigger kids do when they’re alone” and it made me vulnerable to an abusive boyfriend in college who used my insecurities and past abuse to convince me I was “damaged.” He “joked” that he would only marry me if I would consent to various forms of cosmetic surgery. I never succumbed to the request, but it still haunts me that anyone would use such cruel tactics to manipulate another person into staying in a relationship. It was twisted and sick. I constantly questioned the state of my physical development–was I normal? Was I desireable enough?–from puberty to well into my late 20s, which was several years after leaving that relationship.

    Pornography is NEVER a “victimless crime.”

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