This presentation was given at the 2018 Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Global Summit hosted by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. (EndExploitationSummit.com)
Lacy Alajna Bentley
Founder and CEO, Women United Recovery Coalition
Recent research conducted through Utah Valley University reveals surprising trends and concerns for the female pornography user. This break-out session will include discussion of these trends, findings about female exposure and usage patterns, as well as unique recovery needs for women and girls. Those who work with and are concerned for female children, teens, and young adults as either pornography users or victims, are invited to attend. Proper education and early intervention for this vulnerable population is a critical step to ending all exploitation and protecting future families. Now is the time to look to the future of women, children, and families with wisdom and hope, while working to repair damage already done.
Lacy is Founder and CEO of Women United Recovery Coalition, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of female pornography addiction and women’s unique recovery needs. She has been working with women in addiction and self-destructive behaviors since 2000. As a writer, mentor, coach, and speaker, Lacy focuses on letting go of perfectionism in recovery while maintaining accountability, honesty and personal responsibility. She has written blog posts and articles for numerous magazines, women’s recovery sites, and other leading organizations in the movement towards ending exploitation. As a former Hentai (sexualized anime) user and relationship addict, Lacy has seen firsthand the destructive patterns objectification in any form can cause to an individual psyche and family unit. It is for these reasons, and the protection of innocence everywhere, she fights to end exploitation and bring healing and hope to a sexualized world. Currently, she is conducting research on female exposure, usage, and addiction patterns. Her hope is to better inform prevention, treatment and recovery for this very real, very vulnerable population of women and girls trapped in their own pornography usage. This usage, Lacy believes, makes female users more vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.