“It is about time we took this culture back from the pornographers.” Dr. Gail Dines, founder and president of the non-profit organization Culture Reframed, made this exhortation before a standing-room-only crowd of congressional staffers, reporters and concerned citizens in the U.S. Capitol at an event held by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

Dines was one of eight public health experts, social scientists and legal experts gathered in the heart of the nation’s capital on Tuesday for a symposium on the wide range of harms caused by pornography. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation is an organization that opposes sexual exploitation by highlighting the links between pornography, sex trafficking, violence against women, child abuse, addiction and more.

All of the speakers agreed pornography is a public health crisis that must be addressed now. Dines, a leading expert on the harmful effects of porn and hypersexualization of the culture, revealed that 36 percent of the Internet is pornography. She said there are 40 million regular consumers of porn in the U.S. alone, and porn sites get more visitors each month than Netflix, Amazon and Twitter combined. MORE