1. Rape

Part: 
Four
Chapter: 
1

The Commission received testimony alleging rapes related to pornography. For example, a woman reported that her daughter was forced to engage in sexual acts in the making of pornographic materials.

My daughter attended [a] Pre-school in ... California. She was three years old when she began attending. During the six months she attended before the school closed, she was sexually molested on multiple occasions, by teachers on the school grounds and also was taken off school property to unknown locations to be molested by persons unknown to me. Photographs were taken on many (if not all) of these occasions. She was threatened with physical violence with a knife and a gun and was forced to watch animals being killed.[764]

 

A man who claimed he had participated in over one hundred pornographic films in two and a half years testified:

I have seen it totally destroy too many lives, but mostly the girls'. It's a lot harder on young ladies. I have seen a lot of producers and directors and photographers, just to get out a product that they have in mind, either badger or almost force the girls into doing things that they would really rather not do. I, myself, have been on a couple of sets where the young ladies have been forced to do even anal sex scenes with a guy which is rather large and I have seen them crying in pain and just totally destroys their personality when they are forced to do things like that.[765]

Other rapes were allegedly stimulated by the viewing of pornography or modeled after particular pornographic materials.

A mother left her ten-year-old daughter for two hours with a very close friend who lived next door. The friend had the girl watch pornographic movies on the Playboy TV channel and then engaged in oral sex with her.[766]

In testimony before another body, one woman reported:

Over a period of eighteen years the woman was regularly raped by this man. He would bring pornographic magazines, books, and paraphernalia into the bedroom with him and tell her that if she did not perform the sexual acts that were being done in the "dirty" books and magazines he would beat and kill her. I know about this because my bedroom was right next to hers. I could hear everything they saId. I could hear her screams and cries. In addition, since I did most of the cleaning in the house, I would often come across the books, magazines, and paraphernalia that were in the bedroom and other rooms of the house. The magazines had pictures of mostly women and children and some men. Eventually, the woman admitted to me that her ex-husband did in fact use pornographic materials to terrorize and rape her.[767]

Another woman wrote:

When I first met my husband, it was in early 1975, and he was all the time talking about Ms. Marchiano's film, Deep Throat. After we were married, he on several occasions referred to her performances and suggested I try to imitate her actions .... Last January . . . my husband raped me .... He made me strip and lie on our bed. He cut our clothesline up ... and tied my hands and feet to the four corners of the bedframe. (All this was done while our nine month old son watched.) While he held a butcher knife on me threatening to kill me he fed me three strong tranquilizers. I started crying and because the baby got scared and also began crying, he beat my face and my body. I later had welts and bruises. He attempted to smother me with a pillow .... Then he had sex with me vaginally, and then forced me to give oral sex to him.[768]

Another woman alleged that her father had used Playboy in connection with his molestation of her when she was a small child:

... This father took a Playboy magazine and wrote her name across the centerfold. Then he placed it under the covers so she would find it when she went to bed. He joined her in bed that night and taught her about sex.

According to another source:

 

A five-year-old child told her foster mother, "We have movies at home. Daddy shows them when mother is gone. The people do not wear clothes, and Daddy and I take our clothes off and do the same thing the people in the movies do."[169]

 

Women who had been asked if they had ever been upset by anyone trying to get them to do what they'd seen in pornographic pictures, movies or books, described the following examples:

Miss D: I was staying at this guy's house. He tried to make me have oral sex with him. He said he'd seen far-out stuff in movies, and that it would be fun to mentally and physically torture a woman.

Miss G: He forced me to have oral sex with him when I had no desire to do it.

Miss M: Anal sex. First he attempted gentle persuasion, I guess. He was somebody I'd been dating a while and we'd gone to bed a few times. Once he tried to persuade [me] to go along with anal sex, first verbally, then by touching me. When I said, "no," he did it anyway-much to my pain. It hurt like hell.[770]

One rape victim said that her assailants had attacked her after perusing pornographic magazines:

The third man forced his penis into my mouth and told me to do it and I didn't know how to do it, I did not know what I was supposed to be doing. He started swearing at me and calling me a bitch and a slut and that I better do it right and that I wasn't even trying. Then he started getting very angry and one of men pulled the trigger in his gun so I tried harder. Then when he had an erection, he raped me. They continued to make jokes about how lucky they were to have found me when they did and they made jokes about me being a virgin. They started kicking leaves and pine needles on me and kicking me and told me that if I wanted more, that I could come back the next day.

Then they started walking away and I put my clothes back on and it was not far from where they had set up their camp and I looked down and saw that they had been reading pornographic magazines. They were magazines with nude women on the covers.[771]

Elsewhere a gang rape was attributed to imitation of a specific piece of pornography:

A gang rape of a juvenile girl [was committed] by six adolescent boys who used a pornographic magazine's pictorial and editorial layout to recreate a rape in the woods outside of their housing development.[772]

Another victim of sexual assault during childhood attributed her assailant's behavior to the instruction of pornography:

What this game consisted of was each child going into a tool shed with this guy. When my turn came I didn't want to go in because I was scared, it was dark in there and it was dirty. There were cobwebs and there was this giant pitchfork.

One of the kids pushed me inside and shut the door. Then this boy grabbed me and pulled down my shorts and sexually abused me. In short, he finger-fucked me and he made me masturbate him. I was really terrified. I thought I was in hell, and I was also in a lot of pain. I started crying really hard and he finally let me go, but I was told that if I told anyone I wouldn't be believed, that it was all my fault and that I would be punished. He also told me that he would hurt me again if I told anyone. His sister told me that this game he had learned from his dirty books. I knew that he had these dirty books because I had seen him with them.[773]

Another witness testified that pornography had been used by a man who had sexually abused her in childhood:

A lot of raping went on in the basement. That is also where the pornography books were. They were magazines that were brought of hiding, out of boxes that were on the top of shelves.

When [he] and I got to the top of the stairs I knew I was going to pay for my little arrangement. He ordered me to take my clothing off and he tried to rape me. He was too big and I was too small. He forced me to go down on him . . . .[774]

Other witnesses testified that men had required of them particular acts that had been seen in pornography:

While imitating the women in the magazines was one result of the material, I have always felt that another consequence was the initiation of oral sex into the abuse. This did not occur until after the pornographic material arrived and I firmly believe that the idea came from the pornographic magazines.

Pornography did not cause the incestuous relationship with my older brother but I have always felt that its use contributed to the different types of abuse that was used.[775]

Another woman described the same phenomenon within her marriage:

I had not realized the extent of the harm that pornography had done to me until a year and a half ago when I was working on a photo montage of the kinds of pornography for an educational forum. I came across a picture of a position that my ex-husband had insisted we try. When we did, I found the position painful, yet he was determined that we have intercourse that way. I hemorrhaged for three days. I finally went to my doctor and I recall the shame I felt as I explained to him what had caused the bleeding.

Once we saw an X-rated film that showed anal intercourse. After that he insisted that I try anal intercourse. I agreed to do so, trying to be the available, willing creature that I thought I was supposed to be. I found the experience very painful, and I told him so. But he kept insisting that we try it again and again.[776]

According to a former Playboy bunny:

A Playmate of the Year, also on the Woman to Woman Show, testified that a man attempted to rape her after he recognized her from the magazine.

I experienced everything from date rape to physical abuse, to group sex and finally to fantasizing homosexuality as I read Playboy magazines. The group sex held in Hefner's mansion was accompanied by the pornographic movie, The Devil in Miss Jones . . .[777]

A woman who said that both of her husbands had subjected her to sexual and other physical abuse testified,

Often he would be high on drugs or alcohol and force me to do violent sexual acts while he was leafing through the pictures.[778]

Testifying before another body, one woman described forced sexual activity during the screening of pornographic films:

... comments like "That's how real men do it," instructing the handicapped men, teasing them that if they watched enough of these movies they would be able to perform normally. There were constant remarks made about what normal male sexual experience was. Then the disabled men were undressed by the able men and the woman was forced to engage sexually with the disabled men, there were two weapons in the room. The woman refused and she was forced, held down by the physically able men. Everyone watched and the movies kept going.

After this, the able-bodied men said they were going to show the handicapped men how "real men" do it. They forced the woman to enact simultaneously with the movie. In the movie at this point a group of men were urinating on a naked woman. All the men in the room were able to perform this task, so they all started urinating on the woman who was now naked. Then the able-bodied men had sex with the woman while the disabled men watched.[779]

Notes

  1. Miami Hearings, Vol. II, p. 285B.
  2. Los Angeles Hearing, Vol. I, p. 81.
  3. Letter from Oklahomans Against Pornography to the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography.
  4. Minneapolis City Council, Session II, (Dec. 1983), p. 14.
  5. Anonymous letter to the Pornography Resource Center forwarded to the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography.
  6. Letter from Oklahomans Against Pornography to the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography.
  7. Minneapolis City Council, Session I. (Dec. 1983), pp. 65, 67. (Testimony based on Diana Russell's research).
  8. Minneapolis City Council, Session II, (Dec. 1983), p. 42.
  9. Pornography Speech presented to the National Women judges Conference, October 12, 1986, submitted to the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography.
  10. Minneapolis City Council, Session II, (Dec. 1983), pp. 48-49 .
  11. Washington, D.C., Hearing, Vol. I, p. 222.
  12. Chicago Hearing, Vol. II, p. 291B.
  13. Chicago Hearing, Vol. II, p. 241F3.
  14. Chicago Hearing, Vol. I, pp. 314, 316.
  15. Washington, D.C., Hearing, Vol. I, p. 125.
  16. Minneapolis City Council, Session II, (Dec. 1983), p. 72.