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.... Show More

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October 21, 2020 32 min

Meet Annie, Fight the New Drug’s 2019 Fighter of the Year. Annie has one of the coolest and most impactful backstories of getting involved with our organization that we’ve encountered to date. As a junior in college, Annie did some incredible things on her campus to start important conversations about the harms of porn and take away the stigma of struggling with it. Listen to Annie discuss her journey with podcast host, Garrett Jon...

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Trigger Warning: During this conversation we discuss betrayal trauma, sex addiction, and child pornography. Listener discretion is advised.

Maddie Corman started her career as a child actor in the 1980s, growing to become an American film and television actor appearing in over 25 films. But Maddie’s world was rocked when her television director husband was very publicly arrested for possession of child pornography. Maddie has since ...

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Meet Canadian activist Sathiya. After facing his own struggle with pornography, Sathiya created DeepClean, a program build to help men experience long-term freedom from pornography through a systematic process. Sathiya talks with podcast host, Garrett Jonsson, about his own struggle with pornography, how it negatively impacted different areas of his life, and why he’s now dedicating his life to helping men find lasting recovery. Yo...

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September 9, 2020 39 min

Think pornography consumption is just a “guy” problem? Meet Emma, a 19-year-old cosmetology student who was just 11 when she was first exposed to pornography. By the time she was 12, she says she consumed it multiple times a day on the iPod Touch her parents gave her. Her uncontrollable porn habit was also accompanied by feelings of shame and worthlessness that came from being a young girl who was told people who consume porn aren’...

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Trigger Warning: During this conversation we discuss sex trafficking, and suicide ideation. Listener discretion is advised.

Jose has experienced so much in his life that would be unimaginable for many. While growing up in a small town in Texas, Jose was terrified to come out as gay to his family—particularly his physically and mentally abusive father. After coming out, Jose's family was not accepting. The rejection he faced from...

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Jay Taylor is a social worker dedicated to social justice and equality initiatives. Taylor has worked in anti-human trafficking, community health centers, young men’s restorative programing, psychiatric hospitals, university wellness centers, and as an adjunct college professor. His involvement with men’s issues began when he worked with men in anti-human trafficking and domestic violence programs. Today, Jay is a Resource Trainer ...

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Trigger Warning: During this conversation we discuss racism and sexual violence. Listener discretion is advised.

Dr. Carolyn M. West is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Washington where she teaches courses on human sexuality, family violence, sex crimes, and sexual violence. She is nationally recognized for her scholarship on gender-based violence in the lives of African American women and specializes in domes...

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Trigger Warning: During this conversation we discuss sex trafficking. Listener discretion is advised.

You may know Marisol Nichols as Hermione Lodge in the hugely popular Warner Bros and Netflix critically acclaimed hit television series Riverdale. To some, the Chicago native is an actress, but to others she’s a hero. After learning about the rampant issue of human trafficking, Marisol has worked with law enforcement and State and F...

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Trigger Warning: During this conversation we discuss sex trafficking, self-harm, and suicide ideation. Listener discretion is advised.

Elizabeth grew up in a wealthy neighborhood with a seemingly normal and loving family. But unbeknownst to her friends, teachers, and even eventually her husband, Elizabeth was a victim of familial trafficking from age 4 to 23, when she was able to escape and focus on her own family. Now, Elizabeth is...

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Trigger Warning: During this conversation we discuss suicide ideation, and child abuse. Listener discretion is advised.

This week’s guest is Titania Jordan, Chief Marketing Officer at Bark Technologies. Bark specializes in an affordable, award-winning dashboard that proactively monitors text messages, YouTube, emails, and 30+ different social networks for potential safety concerns so busy parents can keep their kids safer online...

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WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW WITH TERRY CREWS HERE.

Terry Crews is perhaps best known for his hilarious bicep-bulging Old Spice videos, but since achieving viral YouTube fame, Terry has gone on to become a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood. He has starred in hit TV series such as Everybody Hates Chris and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and is featured in popular movies including White Chicks, The Longest Yard, Bridesmaids, The Expendables. No...

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Trigger warning: During this episode we discuss child sexual abuse- listener discretion is advised.

This week’s interview is with Jay Stringer. Jay is a licensed mental health counselor from Seattle, WA, the author of Unwanted: How Sexual Brokenness Reveals Our Way to Healing, and the creator of the Unwanted Sexual Behavior Self-Assessment that guides individuals to connect the dots between their story and their porn use. Listen to ...

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Think porn is just a “guy” problem? Think again. This week’s conversation is with Claire, a former compulsive porn consumer and anti-porn activist. Claire stumbled across porn at a young age and what started as a natural curiosity to sexuality turned into a compulsive behavior to watch more, more often, and a more hardcore version. It wasn’t until she was in high school, when her dad brought home some information he learned from a ...

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For this episode of Consider Before Consuming, we sat down with Shanelle Connell. Shanelle is an entrepreneur, actress, dating coach, and social media influencer. During our conversation, Shanelle discusses the importance of critical thinking and why she is both anti-porn and sex-positive. In this episode, there are great tips about how to be tactful when talking about the harmful effects of pornography and sexual exploitation with...

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Trigger warning: This episode contains graphic depictions of child sex abuse- listener discretion is advised.

Full disclosure: the topics discussed in this episode are heavy, but absolutely essential to consider when it comes to protecting children in our community. In this episode of Consider Before Consuming, we sat down with Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Heidi Olson. Heidi works specifically with children at a children’s h...

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Trigger warning: During this conversation we discuss infidelity, betrayal trauma, and suicide ideation- listener discretion is advised.

Shawn is a husband, father, yogi, and a student of overall wellness. He is also a recovering sex and porn addict. After being exposed to pornography at a very young and impressionable age, Shawn found himself grappling with addiction before he had the chance to learn about healthy sexuality. Despite...

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Trigger Warning: This episode contains discussions of child sexual abuse and sex trafficking. Listener discretion is advised.

This week’s interview is with exploitation and trafficking survivor turned UCLA honor student, Harmony (Dust) Grillo. Today, Harmony is the founder of Treasures, an outreach and support group to help women and girls who are entrenched in sexual exploitation find freedom.

Harmony speaks with podcast host, Garre...

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Trigger Warning: This episode contains graphic depictions of abuse, rape, sex trafficking, drug facilitated sexual assault, and suicide ideation. Listener discretion is advised. 

Dr. Brook Parker-Bello is a writer, teacher, actor, CEO, justice advocate, author, entrepreneur, yoga instructor, visionary, curriculum developer, mentor, and founder of multiple organizations. She became a recipient of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement ...

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Trigger Warning: During this conversation we discuss childhood sexual abuse. Listener discretion is advised.

Samantha Leonard is the author of “Groomed: Shining a Light on the Unheard Narrative of Childhood Sexual Assault,” a novel that tells the shocking tale of one young woman’s journey of abuse. Samantha wrote “Groomed” as a fictional story, drawing from her own personal experience being groomed, and from the personal experience ...

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Did you know that porn can actually deeply affect the way we view and treat those around us? Just ask Walter DeKeseredy, an academic researcher and author who’s been studying violence against women for over 30 years. In addition to the 25 books, 83 scholarly book chapters, and over 100 scientific journal articles he’s published on sexual violence and other related social problems, Dr. DeKeseredy has received so many awards for his ...

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