Independent Colorado Springs ministry takes a stance on porn

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Patrick Norris has been addicted to porn since he was eleven.

“It’s something that I used to escape difficulties of childhood struggles,” said Patrick.

As time went on, his addiction got worse.

“My husband lied to me about his porn addiction for the first three years we were together,” said Kelly Norris.

The couple sought out professional help for years but nothing seemed to work and at one point even separated.

“Plenty of arguments and complications and me falling back to it and lying about it and ruining my marriage,” recalled Patrick.

They went to Blazing Grace as a final attempt to save their marriage. A year and a half later they were able to turn their relationship around.

“My wife and I just renewed our vows because we were both dedicated to working on this,” said Patrick.

Blazing Grace is an independent ministry that helps people struggling with “sexual sin” through counseling sessions and books. Mike Genung founded the group after dealing with porn addiction for decades.

“There’s this issue that has such a grip on people it’s so rarely discussed in the open, it’s sad and it grieves me,” said Genung.

Blazing Grace is now taking a stance on porn addiction putting up billboards across Colorado Springs to let people know about the dangers of pornography.

“We’ve had parents screaming at us cause they had to tell their 8-year-old what pornography was… What we are seeing with a lot of surveys is kids getting iPhones as early as six and parents not putting any kind of filter on it,” said Genung.

And if you do not think watching porn is harmful, Genung says it takes one time for the addition to take root and spiral out of control.

“What happens is the husband starts watching porn more than he wants to have sex with his wife,” said Genung. “It’s very toxic looking at that stuff.”

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Heather Phillips has not personally seen the billboards but says the message of viewing porn one time and that it harms your mental health is “unrealistic and not scientifically backed”.

“I think that’s really challenging for a lot of families because of their own beliefs around sex and body parts and those types of things and so every family is different and I think that we have to kind of open up the door a bit so we can talk about these things,” said Phillips.

Phillips says everyone is different and although Blazing Grace may work for some not all professional help should be overlooked.

“You know I would say the majority of the people do view porn and have and do not become addicted to it and so I would say inherently no, viewing it one time is not going to traumatize you or do something harmful to you,” said Phillips.

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