"When I was . . . 12 years old, I came across pornography for the first time," 20-year-old Bray Hallman says in a video on his Facebook account. "From that day, I kind of got hooked."
Sitting next to his younger brother on an outdoor patio, Bray recounts how his pornography addiction began. At first, he says, it was a way for him to relieve stress and find a measure of happiness. But over time, and as his addiction grew, he became depressed and suicidal as he watched his addiction destroy relationships with friends and family members.
Then Bray downloaded Snapchat, an app that lets users send and receive pictures that are automatically deleted over a period of time. The social media app turned out to be another source of pornography, suggesting pornographic articles for him to view along with the ability to send and receive inappropriate pictures.
Now a few months sober from his addiction, Bray shared his video about his addiction on Facebook for National Delete Snapchat Day and raised awareness of how accessible pornography can be for children old enough to operate a smartphone.
"To be exposed to things like that [pornography] can really change a kid's life," Bray says. "We just want to go out there and spread the word."
Watch the full video below:
Lead image screenshot from Bray Hallman's Facebook page
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