Consider Before Consuming

Consider Before Consuming

Think about all of the things you consider every day to help keep yourself, your loved ones, and your community happy, healthy, and hopeful. Now consider this: There is an ever-growing body of research demonstrating significant negative impacts, for yourself and the ones you love, in the consumption of pornography. It can change the way you think, harm your ability to connect with other people, and can contribute to changing the world in negative ways. Join us every other week as we consider the harmful effects of pornography using science, facts, and personal accounts. Consider Before Consuming is brought to you by Fight the New Drug (FTND). FTND is a non-religious and non-legislative nonprofit that aims to raise awareness on the harmful effects of pornography and its links to sexual exploitation using only science, facts, and personal accounts. Fight the New Drug collaborates with a variety of qualified organizations and individuals with varying personal beliefs, affiliations, and political persuasions. As FTND is a non-religious and non-legislative organization, the personal beliefs, affiliations, and persuasions of any of our team members or of those we collaborate with do not reflect or impact the mission of Fight the New Drug.

Episodes

May 11, 2022 55 min

Trigger Warning: This discussion includes frank, explicit, discussions about pornography consumption, and suicide ideation. Listener discretion is advised.

Like most adolescents today, Smith was exposed to porn well before the age of 18. His porn consumption escalated without his parents’ knowledge, and by the time he was 11, he says he was consuming porn five to seven times per day. His porn consumption and the shame that he felt b...

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Aaron Crowley was accidentally exposed to porn at the young age of nine when he walked in on his older brother and his friends looking at it together. From there, Aaron’s porn consumption escalated while it perpetuated false expectations about sex and normalized sexual objectification. While in college, Aaron experienced drug-facilitated sexual assault, and he was exploited and re-victimized when the perpetrator shared nonconsensua...

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If you’re an endurance athlete, chances are you’ve heard of James Lawrence, the “Iron Cowboy.” He broke multiple Guinness World Records early in his triathlon career, but his feats didn’t stop there. He went on to complete arguably the most impressive endurance challenge ever by performing 100 full-distance triathlons in 100 days. James is an anti-trafficking advocate, and has used his platform to shine a light on the harsh realiti...

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In this episode of Consider Before Consuming, we talk with Kristen Jenson, the Founder and CEO of Defend Young Minds, an organization dedicated to empowering children to be resilient and screen smart through developing tools for parents, professionals, and community leaders. Kristen is the author of Good Pictures Bad Pictures, a book used by people around the world to facilitate healthy and age-appropriate conversations with kids a...

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Cassidy Brown is a student and an influencer. At an early age, she was exposed to porn when a friend showed it to her unexpectedly. After that, she developed a natural curiosity about sex, and while she didn’t feel comfortable talking with her parents about it, she turned to porn to learn about sex and sexuality. From there, her porn consumption escalated to the point that it fueled anxiety, shame, and poor mental health. In this e...

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Join us in celebrating Fight the New Drug’s 13th anniversary as an organization. In this episode, FTND’s Executive Director, Natale, sits down with host Garrett Jonsson to take a trip down memory lane. During this conversation, they reflect on 13 years of FTND’s education, awareness-raising, and impact as well as talk about the growing collection of resources this organization has produced. Listen in as they recognize significant m...

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Dr. Debbie Akerman has been a social worker for over a decade; she specializes in addiction, recovery, trauma, and marriage and family work. As a social worker, she has helped many people find strength by providing an open and trusting environment for her patients to work through their troubling issues. During this conversation, Dr. Akerman talks with host Garrett Jonsson about addiction, shame, intimacy, and offers hope to anyone ...

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In this episode of Consider Before Consuming, we talk with Dr. Stephany Powell, the Director of Law Enforcement Training and Survivor Services at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. For 30 years, Dr. Powell worked with the Los Angeles Police Department, spending several years in their vice unit. Since her retirement, she has spent almost a decade working with victims and survivors of sexual exploitation. During this convers...

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Trigger warning: This episode discusses explicit sexual behaviors, drug use, disordered eating, and suicide ideation that may be triggering to some. Listener discretion is advised.

Today’s episode is with Brittni De La Mora, a former porn performer who was known as one of the world’s most famous porn stars. More than ten years after leaving her “fame and fortune” behind, Brittni is a wife, mother, author, speaker, and the founder of...

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Trigger Warning: This discussion includes frank, explicit, discussions of abuse, drug use, suicide ideation, sex trafficking, and pornographic content that may be triggering to some. Listener discretion is advised.

Join us as we listen back to the amazing, engaging guests we’ve had on the podcast in 2021. From award-winning journalists, to former porn performers, and even sex therapists, we’re sharing our favorite short clip...

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Trigger Warning: This discussion includes explicit descriptions of pornography titles and videos that may be triggering to some. Listener discretion is advised.

Today’s episode is with Paris Berelc, an American actress and model. Paris was born and raised in Wisconsin but moved to Los Angeles at an early age. Today, she is an accomplished actress who is dedicated to using her platform to educate and fight against sexual exploitation...

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Trigger Warning: This episode discusses child sexual abuse and suicide ideation. Listener discretion is advised.

Today’s conversation is with Jennifer Nielson, creator and Founder of The Dig, a program developed to help people become emotionally resilient and reclaim their lives from trauma. Throughout this conversation, Jennifer discusses how her childhood sexual abuse led her into a journey of healing from her trauma and eventuall...

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In today’s episode, guest Drew Boa shares how pornography has impacted his life and what he’s doing now to help other men quit porn through Husband Material, the recovery organization he founded. Listen as Drew talks with podcast host Garrett Jonsson about how childhood sexual trauma, early exposure to adult material, and other experiences throughout his life fueled a compulsive porn habit that he was eventually able to overcome. D...

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October 27, 2021 66 min

Trigger Warning: This discussion includes explicit discussions of sex acts, child sexual abuse, sex trafficking, eating disorders, suicide ideation, and drug use that may be triggering to some. Listener discretion is advised.

Today’s episode is with former porn performer Deanna Lynn. Deanna experienced childhood neglect and sexual abuse that led her to normalize porn at a young age, and eventually led to her entering the porn indust...

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Trigger Warning: This discussion includes descriptions of suicide ideation that may be triggering to some. Listener discretion is advised.

This week’s episode is with Ashlynn Mitchell, who heard about Fight the New Drug years ago and has been a Fighter ever since. She and her former partner experienced how pornography can disrupt couple intimacy and relationship harmony. During this conversation, podcast host Garrett Jonsson talks w...

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In this episode of Consider Before Consuming, we talk with Kristi Wells, the CEO and Co-Founder of Safe House Project, an organization with the mission to end domestic child sex trafficking through education, survivor empowerment, and safe housing. They hope to increase victim identification, provide emergency services to survivors, and empower survivors to a path to freedom, all in an effort to end child sex trafficking in America...

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Trigger Warning: This discussion includes descriptions of abuse and suicidal ideation that may be triggering to some. Listener discretion is advised.

Katelyn is a student at North Dakota State University, double majoring in social work and human development and family science with a minor in psychology. As a teenager, Katelyn struggled with depression and anxiety and she turned to pornography to cope, which ultimately further fueled...

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Saving Innocence was founded in 2010 with a mission to help serve, empower, and advocate for child victims of sex trafficking. In this episode, podcast host Garrett Jonsson sits down with Executive Director Alan Smyth to discuss the work Saving Innocence has done to help over 2,000 victims of child sex trafficking. Also, learn more about how anyone can tangibly help to decrease the demand for sex trafficking and exploitation.

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This episode is with Christian, the founder of a branding agency called 1924us. As a recovering porn addict, Christian uses his platform to speak on the issue of pornography through eye-catching designs and sharing his own experiences. Listen to Christian talk with podcast host Garrett Jonsson about the role being sexually abused as a child played in his struggle with pornography, how he eventually overcame it, and why he believes ...

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This episode is with well-known TikTok personality and psychotherapist Matthias J. Barker. As a licensed therapist, Matthias focuses on helping people overcome childhood trauma and marital issues and helping people move towards what’s meaningful in the midst of hardship. In this episode, listen to Matthias talk to podcast host, Garrett Jonsson, about the issue of shame when dealing with your own compulsion to view pornography, how ...

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