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Healthy relationships: 'Preparing for Healthy Intimacy in a Sexually Toxic Culture'

January 24, 2011
source: LDS Church News

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There has "never, ever been a better time in history to develop a healthy, intimate relationship," a licensed marriage and family therapist said to single adults gathered at Utah Valley University on Jan. 15.

"On the flip side, we also live in a time when there have never been so many challenges to forming and maintaining intimate relationships," said Jill C. Manning, who has testified before a U.S. Senate subcommittee on the harms of pornography and is author of the book, What's the Big Deal about Pornography: A Guide for the Internet Generation.

Sister Manning and Dan Gray, a licensed clinical social worker and clinical director of the LifeSTAR Network, spoke to single adults about successfully preparing for marriage given the prevalence of pornography and other negative influences that impact today's dating culture.

The event, titled "A Message for Singles: Preparing for Healthy Intimacy in a Sexually Toxic Culture," was sponsored by S.A. Lifeline — a foundation established to support, educate and help those struggling with pornography addiction.

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