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Fergus Falls, Minnesota – from www.fergusfallsjournal.com – With as many as one in four Internet searches relating to porn, chances are you know someone who has viewed illicit material online. Abundant Life Assembly, Calvary Free Lutheran and Good Shepard Lutheran churches have gathered together to create a public forum to discuss the industry’s effect on individuals and families, with a surprising spokesperson.

Chrissy Moran, a former adult film star, will be speaking at a Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Among topics Moran will be discussing are her struggles with her self-image before and after leaving the porn industry, the permanency of the Internet and lack of control over one’s own images.

During the event, audience members will be able to use their mobile phones to text questions to a phone number set-up for the forum. Questions will be screened and forwarded to Moran to answer.

“We want to get people talking about these issues,” said the Rev. Duane Smith of Abundant Life Assembly Church. “Providing the texting capability will encourage participation while protecting privacy.”

Smith feels pornography cheapens people’s views of women and hurts relationships.

“Images are airbrushed, situations are not real,” said Smith. “Because pornography is so prevalent and creates unrealistic expectations, it hurts one’s ability to form a normal relationship. Pornography hurts self-esteem, and it hurts the soul.”

Moran will also address the addictiveness of pornography and the harm caused to family and friends of those involved in porn.

“It took a lot of time to develop normal friendships,” said Moran. “I was scared to death because I felt like no matter where I went I had a big sign on me that told who I used to be.”

“It’s such a prevalent problem in society and churches,” said the Rev. Jim Johnson of Calvary Free Lutheran Church. “We are doing the program to raise awareness and provide resources to the community.”

According to research Johnson has done on the Internet on sites like www.just1clickaway.org, 93 percent of boys and 62 percent of girls will be exposed to internet porn, with the average age of first exposure being 11 years old. In 56 percent of divorce cases, one party had an obsessive interest in porn sites; 47 percent of Christians admit pornography is a major problem in their homes, and one in six women struggle with pornography.

Moran was involved in the church early in her childhood, and credits putting her trust in God for helping to turn her life around.

Organizers will have information and resources available for teens, families and individuals that attend the event Saturday.

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