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Brock Turner



Children who are continually exposed to online pornography experience increased depression, social anxiety, disruptive behavior.

Pornography is a coping mechanism for ‘normal’ adolescent angst, with debilitating consequences.

Pornography makes it more difficult to engage with real people.

Pornography contributes to the feeling of loneliness.



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"I met John Van Arnam, Founder of The Third Talk Inc. in November 2017 at an R.I.S.E. (Resiliency, Information. Support. Empowerment.) Conference, presented by NC Center for Safer Schools/Department of Public Instruction. We also presented together in 2018 and 2019. John is addressing a very difficult topic, namely a child’s exposure to online pornography. I am not aware of any other program that speaks on this taboo subject in a way that is straightforward and real-world. I especially like his approach to families and tips on communicating with their children; it’s not real, it’s not healthy, and it’s not fun. Parents can use this to assist their children in avoiding the content altogether. In addition, his advice to Administrators and counselors was engaging and informative. I also worked with John on a resource guide he helped to create for the NC Center for Safer Schools and have found him polite and professional. He is a Dad, a coach and a genuinely kind person. It has been a pleasure working with John and I look forward to continued collaboration in the future."

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Operation Ceasefire Coordinator

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