The incidences of rape have reduced due to online pornography, says a leading economist.
According to the study by Todd Kendall, an economics professor at Clemson University, "the arrival of the internet was associated with a reduction in rape incidence."
The rate of forcible rape in the past 15 years has declined 30 percent in the US, according to Bob Dyer in a recent column on Ohio.com, reports the New York Daily News.
He reports that "never has pornography been more readily available."
Dyer attributes the decrease in rapes at least in part to the increased prevalence of porn.
Dyer spoke to Karen Cimini, a psychologist at Akron Family Institute who specializes in sexual issues, on the matter, and she said that rape "has more to do with control and power."
Using her theory, online porn would have little to do with a decrease in rape cases.