By Ray Butler, 2019 LCAP Conference Co-chair
We live in an exciting age, a time of a thousand opportunities. Wireless internet usage is currently at 20 exabytes per month – that is twenty billion gigabytes – and is projected to grow to 80 exabytes per month by 2024. Along with the unprecedented opportunities come new challenges, challenges that won’t go away if we bury our heads in the sand like the ostrich. I’ve seen the negative effects of pornography on individuals, families, marriages, and careers, and chances are that either you or someone you know is affected. 100% of us will be exposed whether intentionally or inadvertently, and the age of first exposure is getting younger and younger. The good news is that there are excellent resources and tools to assist in protecting ourselves and our families and to open the lines of communication when exposure does happen. The organization Love People Not Pixels is giving a Porn + Parenting workshop at our conference in Plano on October 19. There is hope and healing for affected spouses and partners, and there is a path to sobriety for those struggling personally. Our conference host Shane Adamson will join Jody VanDrimmelen (both Licensed Clinical Social Workers) and together they will outline paths to healing.
There are actions we can take in our community to help stem the tsunami that is hitting us now and will continue to increase. Fight the New Drug will show us the way to turn the tide in their presentation "A Generation's Fight for Love." To learn more about available resources to heal homes, hearts, and communities, come join us at the LCAP conference on October 19.
For the last 4 years Ray Butler led a church-sponsored recovery support group for men who struggle with pornography and sexual addiction. Ray is passionate about educating Texans on the dangers and risks associated with pornography; central to this mission is sharing information about the many tools and resources that are available to help protect each of us and especially our youth.