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Friday, November 09, 2007

Porn & Violence Go Hand-in-hand

Right here, Right Now

It's just awful. From my very own local Palo Alto Daily News comes a horrifying story. In
"Fight Over Porn Spurred Attack", Kristina Peterson reports how local 20-year-old Todd Burpee attacked a 17-year-old girl, bashed her head against the pavement, and then kidnapped and sexually assaulted her.Why? According to Peterson,

Burpee's relationship with his fiancee soured after she discovered a Craigslist personal ad he had been composing on their computer seeking sexual intimacy with older women, titled "desperate housewives," according to police reports. Recently, she had also caught him surfing teenage porn sites, she told police.

A police search of Burpee's car after his arrest turned up six pornographic DVDs, 16 pages of computer printouts of naked men, women and children from a nudist Web site, and three sexually explicit magazines, including one called "Asian Fever."


Burpee had spent most of the night prior to the assault seething in his car. The following day, as the fight with his fiancee continued, he told police that when he spotted his victim, he thought she was in elementary school.

When asked by police what the victim looked like, Burpee...

"...told officers "I seen like an As ..." before stammering "I didn't know she was Asian until I attacked her back here."

Burpee is remorseful. He has confessed and believes he should be punished for his crimes. And at 20, his life is a wreck.

Because of porn?

Draw your own conclusions.

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24 Comments:

  • Hi John:
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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 30, 2007 1:29 PM  

  • This article raises the interesting question of whether porn has direct ties to violence, or if the perpetrators are predisposed to violent actions and porn is just an activity. While I do believe many porn viewers tend towards womanizing beliefs, I also believe that porn is an easy and accessible way to release sexual tension, which, for a teenager, is a healthy find. Once the Burpee case wraps up, I will be interested to know how much of role pornography played in his assault of the girl, and of his lifestyle. In the meantime, perhaps more evidence and examples posted would flesh out the argument made.

    By Anonymous iscariot, at December 04, 2007 8:17 PM  

  • Iscariot,
    Thanks for the comment. What prompted me to write the entry was that Todd Burpee lives in a nearby community. I am appalled by all acts of violence, especially sexual predation; to see it happen nearby was a shock.

    There are conflicting reports on the role of porn in creating anti-social behavior. One thing is certain, though - pornography is addicting, and like any addictive substance, it can ruin the lives of those who get hooked.

    Whether it consistently contributes to violence against women is up for debate, I guess. I recently read a report in SLATE of a study that found lower incidences of violence against women where access to pornography was more readily available.

    As I track this topic and try to learn more, I discover that it's a complicated issue, both culturally and scientifically.

    By Blogger John Carosella, at December 05, 2007 12:52 AM  

  • I understand and agree with your reaction completely. I was just as appalled from the fact that he was a graduate of Palo Alto High, and the victim was a student of Gunn. Having relations to Los Altos High School, this attack shook my hope of safety. Usually my children take the bus and walk home. For a couple of days after the attack I was a bit nagging, warning them in ways I'm sure they felt unnecessary.

    By Anonymous iscariot, at December 08, 2007 12:07 PM  

  • Did you quote your reference correctly?
    "I recently read a report in SLATE of a study that found lower incidences of violence against women where access to pornography was more readily available."

    Studies have shown that the effects of porn accentuate the violence against women, children,and men.
    Limiting the focus on a false reality helps us to work and play with a healthy value system.

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  • This isn't only a parental issue, ANYONE can be victimized by the inappropriate way the world displays itself..especially on the internet. This seems to be a prime example of the toxic effects such things have on people's minds. I myself, am not a parent, not even married, I'm a young Christian Preacher, and I've found that simply typing in "music wallpaper" on a particular search engine images section with the safety setting of that search engine on high, still pops up almost pornographic material, I'm sick of it! Thus, I'm hoping this program will help me use the internet WITHOUT having to see absolutely horrid things-have you seen myspace "hook-up with married women" adds? Worse still, I even sent myspace a request asking them to stop showing such advertisements, and show more age-appropriate one's, they simply replied that they need the money from those adds...as if they couldn't have replaced those adds with better ones? Jesus loves us all :) I John 1:9

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 12, 2010 12:38 AM  

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