Utah coalition conference aims to offer hope in the battle with pornography

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ST. GEORGE — The Utah Coalition Against Pornography has announced a conference designed to bring messages of hope and healing to those dealing with the harmful effects of pornography.

The conference will be held Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Dixie Center St. George at 1835 S. Convention Center Drive.

Several inspirational speakers are scheduled to present messages, including opening keynote speaker Elder Anthony Perkins, a general authority seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. According to a UCAP news release about the event, Perkins will speak about “The Hope Effect,” a positive message of hope for those who struggle as well as their family members.

The closing keynote presenter will be Catholic speaker and author Matt Fradd, founder of The Porn Effect.

The middle portion of the conference will feature several breakout sessions with topics ranging from effective strategies to protect your family to research-based addiction treatment strategies.

“The UCAP Conference can help those who struggle with addictions learn coping skills, help family members learn to support in healthy ways, and give parents tools to protect their children against the dangers of pornography,” said UCAP conference chair Geoff Steurer.

UCAP’s website indicates the conference is designed to help a wide range of people, including parents, other family members, community leaders, advocates, educators, health care practitioners and law enforcement personnel.

“Anyone can benefit from this conference,” added Jeffrey Ford, a UCAP board member who works as a licensed marriage and family therapist in St. George. 

Ford, one of several scheduled presenters at the conference, said his presentation will focus on ways for those struggling with pornography to break the cycle of addiction.

According to the nonprofit organization Fight the New Drug, pornography has a negative impact on the brain, the heart and ultimately the world.

“The problem of pornography is increasing at an alarming rate,” the UCAP news release states, adding, “With easy and immediate access to global internet, at the click of a button, we can be exposed to harmful images, videos and explicit messages that can harm ourselves and our loved ones.”

Registration for the conference is $16 per person for general admission, with additional pricing options for those wanting to earn college credit or buy a copy of Fradd’s book titled, “The Porn Myth.” Students 25 and younger may register for free with a valid student ID. For more registration information on how to register, click here

Ed. note: UCAP conference chair Geoff Steurer is an opinion columnist with St. George News. His Relationship Connection column publishes every Wednesday morning and may be found here.

Event details:

  • When: Saturday, Oct. 28, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Where: Dixie Center St. George, 1835 S. Convention Center Drive, St. George.
  • Details: Registration and other information available at conference’s website.

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  • comments October 16, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    pffffffffffffffffffff. Wouldn’t pay a dime. Why not just do it as a public service?

    • comments October 16, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      I’d bet that whatever info discussed in the conference is readily available online for free

      • comments October 16, 2017 at 3:32 pm

        Or just watch a youtube presentation on “the dangers of porn” or some such thing, unless of course, you want to use an anti-porn conference as a social event, get all dolled up in your sunday best and shake a lot of hands. But really, how many hands would you want to shake at such an event?

  • .... October 16, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Get a job Bob

    • comments October 16, 2017 at 7:27 pm

      Will the institution be taking u back in? you were not missed.

  • NoNonsense October 16, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    I hate to admit, but I’ve had a bit of a problem with pornography in my house the last couple of years. There are a couple of rooms where the WiFi is a bit sketchy.

  • comments October 16, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    I was looking at the conference website. I can’t understand why these anti-porn things have to be so heavily christian and mormon influenced. I’ve actually watched so much porn in my time on this earth that I don’t even find it amusing or gratifying in the least. I’m totally bored by it. I could get up there and give a speech about how bad it is for the mind, but I don’t think they’d allow an “atheist” on the stage, lmao. Reality is that porn actually is not good for the mind. Maybe it’s messed me up permanently and I don’t even know it? lol. One thing I can’t seem to give up is my russian cam girls. I don’t give them money, and I don’t even care if they get nude or not, and they are still a never-ending source of amusement. It still disturbs me about how easily accessible obscene material is to children online, and I still wonder what source of impacts this will have on society in the long term. You can find pornographic material much easier than you could find the answer to a trivia question or some song you’ve been hunting. Not sure what’s gonna happen. Maybe you xtian nutters are right and we are living in the “end times”. Feels like it sometimes…. 😉

    • ladybugavenger October 17, 2017 at 8:10 pm

      Mr “atheist” you are closer to the truth than most. There’s hope for you Bob. You and your permanent brain damage are welcome into the kingdom. Accept Jesus. ?

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