In today’s world many young people have engaged themselves in viewing and reading pornography.
The effects of pornography are progressive and addictive among the youth; every young person who is exposed to pornography becomes a sexual deviant or sex addict.
According to Simon Pierre Niyosenga in charge of adolescents, HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment at TRAC Plus, as more and more youth are exposed, “they are learning an extremely dangerous message from pornographers.”
“Sex without responsibility is acceptable and desirable. Because pornography encourages sexual expression without responsibility, it endangers young people’s health,” Niyosenga said.
He added that, young people need guidelines and information on how to end the habit of watching and reading explicit content.
“Youth associations need to play a fundamental role in advising young people to avoid watching porn,” he said.
Florent Ndutiye, 25 years, a Radio 10 News reporter says,
“I believes that so many young people these days are actively engaged in watching porn content and this has negatively corrupted their minds.”
“I do not like watching or reading explicit content because they are disgusting and damage my reputation,” he said.
Nkusi Ramesh, 27years, is a News reporter at City Radio who says that photographs, videos, magazines, virtual games, and Internet pornography that depict rape and the dehumanization of females in sexual scenes constitute powerful but deforming tools of sex education.
“Viewing porn content can potentially condition youth to have recurring sexual fantasies during which they masturbate. Later they may be tempted to act out the fantasies as sexual advances,” Ramesh said.
Diana Uwimpuwe, 20 years, a S.5 student at Lycee De Kigali relates porn to teenage pregnancies.
“Watching porn has led many young people to engage in sexual intercourse which results in the increased rate of pregnancy among teenagers,” she said.
Charity Mutoni,29 years, an entrepreneur blames the media. She says that exposure to significant amounts of graphic forms of pornography in the media has a dramatic effect on how adult consumers view women, sexual abuse, sexual relationships, and sex in general.
“The more pornography these individuals access, the higher the risk of their acting out what they see, including sexual assault, rape, and child molestation,” she added.
Mutoni concurs that exposure to pornography frequently results in sexual illnesses, unplanned pregnancies, and sexual addiction.
The habitual consumption of pornography can result in a diminished satisfaction with mild forms of pornography and a correspondingly strong desire for more deviant and violent material.
Experts say, it is important for young people to look at the many ways that pornography can potentially harm them. Instead they should engage in watching and reading positive content.