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KEEP PORNOGRAPHY OFF TELEVISION

I was disturbed recently to see a fully nude couple in the act of sex during prime time on television. Until recently, prime-time television has been free of nudity, but Channel 13's "Inside Edition" is using its subtle news-type format to invade our homes with increasingly explicit sex scenes. As a community, it's time we put an end to pornography, especially on television.

When I was a kid, fully nude sex scenes were only shown in X-rated movies, and those who attended these movies would put paper bags over their head to keep from being recognized. Even R-rated movies refrained from such offensive scenes. Children were restricted from attending any movie that had even suggestive sexual situations.Today, pornography is so available, even the most careful parents find it nearly impossible to protect their children from it.

The gradual invasion of pornography on television has made our communities morally insensitive and has led us down a road of increased social problems - the total costs of which are staggering.

During the past 20 years, while television producers have subtly pressed the limits of sexual content on television, premarital sex among teens has increased to over 80 percent. Teenage pregnancy is the greatest single cause for females dropping out of school. Premarital sex and teenage pregnancy generally lead to higher divorce rates and a host of other social problems as well.

The increased sexual stimuli on television is also a factor in the increased number of violent sex crimes, including sexual child abuse. Today, more than one out of every six children is sexually abused.

We have laws against drugs, drinking while driving, child abuse and rape (to name just a few). These laws protect the public from being harmed. Then why shouldn't we pass a law against pornography, especially on television? In addition, why shouldn't producers and sellers of pornography pay fines for the damage pornography does to society?

Jeff Y. Bradshaw

Kaysville