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Fight the New Drug
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Founded2009
FoundersClay Olsen, Ryan Werner, Cameron Lee, Beau Lewis
PurposeRaising awareness of the effects of pornography.
Area served
Worldwide
Websitefightthenewdrug.org

Fight the New Drug (FTND) is an American anti-pornography 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in 2009. It asserts that there are effects of pornography which are destructive to individuals and to society. It seeks to raise awareness thereof, and to support individuals who desire to cease pornography use.

History[edit | edit source]

Its name derives from its belief that pornography is a new drug in today's society.[1]

Fight the New Drug defines itself as "pro healthy sex and anti-pornography."[1] Its mission is stated as "Fight the New Drug is a non-religious and non-legislative organization that exists to provide individuals the opportunity to make an informed decision regarding pornography by raising awareness on its harmful effects using only science, facts, and personal accounts." [2]

The organization uses personal accounts, summaries of scientific research and social commentary to inform its target audience of youth, particularly millennials. Members have said that the group does not seek to ban pornography or make it illegal,[3] or protest against its use through moral or theological arguments, but rather, through education and awareness, to influence youth to make an informed decision regarding pornography. The organization promotes the results of studies which show impacts of pornography on individuals, relationships, and society. [4]

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On August 19, 2016, Fight the New Drug released a world exclusive interview with Elizabeth Smart.[5] Smart spoke in-depth for the first time about the role played by pornography in her abduction and abuse, which is largely held as one of the most widely-covered child abduction cases of the century.[6] Speaking about pornography's role in her abuse, she said in the interview: "It just led to him raping me more, more than he already did — which was a lot. ... I can't say that he would not have gone out and kidnapped me had he not looked at pornography. All I know is that pornography made my living hell worse."[7] The video, originally released on Fight the New Drug's YouTube channel, quickly went viral and became a trending topic on Facebook. NBC News, Daily Mail, Us Weekly, Deseret News, and several other local news outlets picked up the video.[8]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Who We Are". Fight the New Drug. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  2. "About Fight The New Drug". Fight the New Drug. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  3. KC (2018-11-13). "We're an Anti-Porn Organization, but We're Not Out to Ban Porn—Here's Why". Fight the New Drug. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  4. "Home". Truth About Porn. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  5. "Elizabeth Smart Speaks For The First Time About Pornography's Role In Her Abduction (VIDEO) - Fight the New Drug". 19 August 2016.
  6. Press, The Associated (2010-11-08). "Elizabeth Smart Recounts Night of Kidnapping Elizabeth Smart Testifies at Kidnap Trial". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  7. "Elizabeth Smart: 'Pornography made my living hell worse'".
  8. "Elizabeth Smart Opens Up About Abductor's Porn Addiction". 20 August 2016.


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