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Please check out, like & share the harm story of our new volunteer Alicia, a sex industry survivor. Thanks! 🙂 And please don’t forget to also COMMENT — here or especially on our Facebook post where Alicia will see it — to show your support for Alicia’s courage in speaking out to help other girls and young women learn from her experiences, and not end up making the same mistake of entering the destructive sex industry. Thank you! 🙂

LINK TO ALICIA’S STORY: (Scroll down to read Alicia’s full story in this post.)

http://www.antipornography.org/harm_stories.html#167385

Our Facebook post with Alicia’s story:

HOW THE SEX INDUSTRY HELPED DESTROY MY LIFE AND YOUTH FOR TWO YEARS

~ By Alicia B.
(19, Student, Office Worker, AntiPornography.org Volunteer)

Like most people my age, I was exposed to porn and the sex industry at a young age. I was also introduced to the horrible ways of men at a young age as well. I had sexual experiences very young. Part of my reasoning for working in the sex industry was that men had seen me as a piece of meat since I was a child, so why not get paid for it? Well, I was very wrong and thanks to working in the sex industry, I have just gotten through the worst two years of my life.

Even as a young girl, beauty standards (often Eurocentric) were pushed on me and were a constant reminder that I didn’t fit the norm. I was either cast out as disgusting, or I was exotified or hypersexualized. I developed very early and many boys and men took that as a sign that I wanted their sexual advances.

In my almost 20 years of life, I have experienced multiple cases of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and stalking. I’ve wanted to die multiple times and acted on it before. It was a horrible point in my life and I can honestly say I’ve hit rock bottom multiple times.

For some reason I had always been interested in the sex industry and wanted to be a part of it. As soon as I turned 18 I started camming and having a lot of casual sex. I had no friends and really became a recluse. This led to me becoming severely depressed, getting STDs, getting raped, and dropping out of university. During this same time, I was dealing with medical issues in addition to depression that made everything ten times harder.

After being in and out of the hospital and treatment facilities, my life was and is continuing to get better. A few months ago, I figured if I tried working in the sex industry with my life under control, that maybe it would be different. I was very wrong.

I jumped back into webcamming and got very deep into dominatrix work. I thought being a dominatrix would cut out harassment and get me more money. I was very wrong about that too. I saw a lot of disturbing things while still getting harassed on a daily basis.

I have ultimately decided to quit working in the sex industry forever, because I have lived and seen firsthand the harm it does to people. I am now at a new college, in an amazing relationship with my partner, and doing a lot better both medically and mentally.

I want to share my story because I don’t want other young girls making the same mistakes I did. The sex industry is not good. All the institutions that oppress people in real life are amplified ten fold in the sex industry. Selling your sexuality for money takes a huge toll on your body, mind, and spirit. I will never be truly free of the industry because there are pictures and videos of me on the Internet doing sex acts. As hard as I tried to cover my tracks, that time in my life will always be documented and will never fully be erased. I want to prevent this from happening to young girls so that they can live an easier, happier life.

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READ MORE POWERFUL SEX INDUSTRY AND PORNOGRAPHY HARM STORIES AT OUR WEBSITE:

http://www.antipornography.org/harm_stories.html

ALICIA’S STORY LINK: http://www.antipornography.org/harm_stories.html#167385

PLEASE DONATE TO SUPPORT OUR EFFORTS TO HELP SURVIVORS TRANSITION OUT OF THE SEX INDUSTRY AND SPEAK OUT. THANKS! 🙂

http://www.antipornography.org/donate.html

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