Porn Up, Rape Down

6 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2006

Date Written: June 23, 2006


The incidence of rape in the United States has declined 85% in the past 25 years while access to pornography has become freely available to teenagers and adults. The Nixon and Reagan Commissions tried to show that exposure to pornographic materials produced social violence. The reverse may be true: that pornography has reduced social violence.

Keywords: rape, pornography

Suggested Citation

D'Amato, Anthony, Porn Up, Rape Down (June 23, 2006). Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 913013, Available at SSRN: or

Anthony D'Amato (Contact Author)

Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law ( email )

375 E. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

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