Massachusetts legislators heard testimony about peoples’ encounters
with porn at a hearing on March 16, 1992. This account appears in In Harm’s Way: The Pornography Civil Rights Hearings (p.370-371).
Testimony of Pat Haas
My name is Pat Haas. I live in Brookline. I experienced from 1987 to 1989 in a two-year relationship with my batterer–from the very beginning, I was forced to provide videos for him. He found one particular one very appealing. It was of sadomasochism. He spent hours watching this movie and he then started forcing me to do the things that were in this movie. One night, I spent an evening with him. I had hot wax dripped on me. A couple of weeks later, I was forced to pierce my nipples, I was forced to have sex with other people, it didn’t make any difference–men, women, groups. He had me playing watersports games, which is drinking urine. And every time I said no, he would find a way of beating me. Most of the time it was with a two-inch belt. He had knives at my throat; he tried strangling me on occasion. I’d been threatened with a .38. He put a gun at my son’s head. At the end of the relationship, one of the things he wanted most was my death, either at his hands or at mine, and I was forced to take an overdose. I was clinically dead for between two and four minutes. I spent 21 days in the hospital. And at this point, two and a half years later, I am still trying to pick up the pieces…
He did what was in these movies. There are videos of me out there somewhere. There are Polaroids that supposedly were destroyed. I don’t know. I was told by the police that if these things come to surface, I can face criminal prosecution for things I had no control over…
He took things straight out of the movies and used them on me… What he has done on me, he has attempted on his own children.
Testimony in Minneapolis: “Prevalency of pornography amongst our offenders”
…Because ours is an outpatient facility, the offenders we are seeing come to us while they still live in the community… We are seeing the most, if you will, innocuous members of the offending community… Even the exposers who are guilty of visual rape in that they never physically touch their victims, to the more disturbed juvenile offenders or the incest offenders who have violated their own children, are heavily connected to pornography. Each of these individuals has an active fantasy life involving the use of pornographic materials for masturbation, fantasy contemplation, and eventual acting out of their scenarios on their victims.
One of the underlying philosophical [tenets] of our program is for all offenders in treatment to clean out their homes, garages, cars, and offices of pornographic materials. We are quite clear about not rationalizing the content–everything: pin-ups, books, magazines, TV cassettes and films…
Certified Sex Therapist Marty Klein Wants You to Believe Porn Is Harmless
“For now, start remembering the word Sadomasophobia. Connolly coined it to mean, like homophobia, a fear and hatred of a sexual orientation not one’s own. One day, divorced parents warring over child custody will be prevented from using an ex-mate’s S/M practices as evidence of parental unfitness. The kids of those parents will be in debt to researchers like Connolly, Moser and Ottawa’s Peggy Kleinplatz.”
Abusive Relationships and Porn: The Similarities (explicit language)
Here is material from some of the magazines sold by Capital Video:
Magazine: World of Black Bondage
Article: ONCE A Slave…
“Because this babe has a submissive personality and a
heart-shaped behind, she makes the perfect slave. Be that as it may,
she got the notion into her pretty head that she wanted to play dom.
“Well, her man quickly disabused her of the idea that she could
dominate him. He got rough, took away her leather paddle, threw her
onto the bed and tied her into a series of strict positions.”
Photo Caption: “The look in her eyes tells us that she would like this bondage session to end pretty soon. Forget it, girl!”
Photo Caption: “Her Master has told her, ‘Don’t you dare move.’ She’s finding that immobility is in itself a form of torture.'”
Photo Caption: “Because her body is beginning to ache, she writhes on the carpet. It makes watching her even more arousing.”
Photo Caption: “Tied to the post, Tracy takes a fearful whipping.”