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'I was seeking out sexual interactions wherever I could': Woman reveals how porn destroyed her life after first seeing it at the age of SIX

A mother-of-three has revealed how she was 'traumatised' and left battling mental health issues after she was shown a graphic magazine on the school bus at the age of six.

Liz Walker, 42, from Brisbane, said she was 'catapulted' into an awareness of her sexuality after an older girl sat next to her and showed her a pornographic magazine she found under her brother's bed.

She started looking at porn every day and began 'seeking out' sexual interactions wherever she could - even trying out the scenarios she saw on other children.

Her life spiralled out of control after she lost her virginity at 12 as she started binge drinking and experimenting with drugs to 'numb' the emotional pain.

'I can pinpoint it all to that moment on the bus when I was six,' Ms Walker told Daily Mail Australia.

'I was sat on the school bus and this older girl hopped on and sat next to me and she was really excited and said she wanted to show me something,

'I was curious and I thought 'why not', and she put this magazine in front of my face. I was so shocked and disgusted. But I was curious and aroused at the same time.

'It was very confusing and those images have stuck with me. I started to show very worrying sexual behaviours at a young age.'

Ms Walker, who is now the director of a sex education program, revealed that she started playing out what she had seen in the magazines on other children.

'There was one particular incident with another young boy shortly after I saw porn for the first time. There was digital penetration.

'I was seeking out those sexual interactions wherever I could because I thought that's what women had to do to get noticed.'

She started drinking and taking drugs in her early 20s and spent much of that time in and out of psychiatric wards - something she attributes to her early sexual exposure to porn.

The mother-of-three, who is a director of the Youth Wellbeing Project, is now trying to highlight the dangers of porn, especially now that it is so easily accessible on the internet.

She has written a book called Not For Kids! which aims to teach children how to stay safe online and seek help when they see upsetting adult images.

'It is just so easy for children to access porn online. It's everywhere. So they are going to see it whether they go looking for it or not.

'I am very concerned about the impact this could have on young people. We also need to be looking at the children of the future and how they will access porn in 10 or more years time. 

'There has never been more urgency to act. It's vitally important to have these conversations early so that children know what to do and where to turn for help when they see this graphic content,' she said.

'The alternative is saying nothing, and one of the outcomes of silence is that a child can internalise incredibly negative messages that can have traumatic and long-lasting impacts on their formative years.'

She encouraged parents to talk to their children and have a conversation about these types of graphic images, so they don't feel as though they need to keep it hidden. 

The Australian Senate is inviting public submissions on the harm being done to Australian children through access to pornography on the Internet.

The inquiry is open for comment until 10 March 2016, and Ms Walker is encouraging parents and schools to speak up and make their voices heard.

Source: Daily Mail Australia

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