Post Traumatic Shelley Disorder
Recently, controversial anti-porn advocate Shelley Lubben posted the following on her website. In essence, she equates being a adult actress who also is involved in escort services and other sex work with PTSD:
In a study to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in San Francisco in 1998, researchers interviewed almost 500 prostitutes from around the world and discovered that two-thirds suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. In contrast, the condition is found in less than 5 percent of the general population. Studies of veterans of combat in the Vietnam War have found that the disorder may be diagnosed in 20 percent to 30 percent, about half of whom have long-term psychiatric problems.
According to the New York Times in the article, Many Prostitutes Suffer Combat Disorder, Study Finds:
Dr. Melissa Farley, director of Prostitution Research and Education, and her team interviewed male and female prostitutes ages 12 to 61 who operated on the street and in brothels in San Francisco and six large cities in Europe, Asia and Africa. The vast majority reported having sustained recurrent physical or sexual assaults in working hours.
Using a severity scale developed by scientists who study post-traumatic stress in the military, Dr. Farley’s team found that the prostitutes averaged a slightly more severe form of the disease than even Vietnam veterans seeking treatment for the condition. That is an ‘’enormously high’’ rating on the scale, said Dr. Matthew J. Friedman, executive director of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs National Center for post-traumatic stress disorder and a professor of psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School.
Since porn stars are deemed prostitutes they definitely have higher rates of post-traumatic stress disorder than even combat veterans. Plus, PTSD is exacerbated in female porn stars because the porn set is a war zone where women are strangled, battered, gagged by penises, vaginally and anally raped and severely traumatized. Women in porn are also subjected to bodily fluids such as blood, feces, urine and seminal and vaginal fluids due to being forced to have unprotected sex by pornographers aka pimps.
Given that the shelf life of a woman in porn is now 6 months because their bodies are so damaged, female porn stars end up in brothels around the United States or forced by pimps into illegal prostitution under the guise of strip clubs or escort agencies. Worse than that, some are transported overseas to never return home to the United States. Porn is sex trafficking any way you look at it.
Additionally, the horrific work conditions on the porn set, the mass distribution of pornography on the internet, and pirating of porn have reduced the female performer’s pay per scene so they are struggling to pay the rent and are forced to make more money elsewhere. Overnight, women enter the porn industry are turned into damaged goods whose only option is to try to survive in the modern day slave trade (the full post can be found here.)
This angered many who not only were in the adult/sex industry, but also those who have also served in the Gulf War.
One such veteran is Dave Cummings, who at 75, may be the most senior adult film actor in the industry, having amassed a filmography of 500 films. He also, according to Wikipedia, has a Masters in Public Administration and aB. A. degree in Economics.
He also spent 25 years in the U. S. Army, retiring as a Lt. Colonel. So he knows a bit about PTSD. And Lubben’s remarks definitely upset him:
Lubben’s remarks also angered Johnny Jaco. According to his Facebook profile, Jaco served 22 years in the military, either active duty or reserves. Among his tours of duty were stints in Somalia, Kuwait, and Iraq. Lubben’s PTSD comments moved Jaco to emotionally call the former adult actress out:
To Shelley Lubben,
I am calling you out.
This is not about drama or confrontation. This is about how you insulted Veterans like Dave Cummings, myself, other Veterans on this page*, as well as those outside of this page who served in the battlefield. I feel that you comparing your “experiences” to that of any Veteran who served in the battlefield was an insult.
Yes I have seen the video and I couldn’t believe it. I do not know about the experiences of Vietnam Veterans; however, I can tell you that those of us who served in Iraq came back with PTSD, alcoholism, extreme anger, triggers, etc. When I got back from Iraq, I got fired from my factory job because I could no longer deal with rude behavior from the fellow workers.
Before I went to Iraq, I was a “turn the other cheek” type of person at the factory. Well being in Iraq turned me into a “I don’t take BS from anybody” type of person. I was Active Duty from 1990–2001 as an Infantryman. Served in Somalia from DEC ‘92-APR ‘93. From 2001–2012, I was in the Reserve as a Clerk. Served in Iraq from JAN 2004-FEB 2005 guarding Iraqi workers in the hot sun in “full battle rattle” with an assistant. My assistant and I came close to being wiped off the face of the earth from mortars and small rocket fire. Before I went to Iraq, I was a casual drinker, when I came back I was a major alcoholic. I did it to get the mortar sounds out of my head and to “cure” me of my bad dreams of being in Iraq.
Later I had to go to the Pathway Home in Yountville, CA for 8 months of treatment. Believe or not, we at the home were not allowed to drink. Yes Yountville is in “wine country.” I don’t want this to be about me Johnny J. Jaco SSG (RET) US Army, this is about Veterans who served in the field of battle.
I feel that Dave Cummings, myself, and other Veterans deserve an apology from you. You were not shot at like us Veterans who served in Vietnam, Somalia, Iraq, or Afghanistan. I apologize to the people on this page for this post; however, I hope you can understand where I’m coming from.
Johnny J. Jaco