This is how it stacks up to me:
1) All kinds of abuse are getting worse today. Society used to have huge restraints on promiscuous behavior. The bad is that there is lots of stuff going on. The good is that there is more freedom of expression.
2) Kiddie porn thrives with technological innovation. The arrival of internet and dvd's and fast computers with large hard drives makes storage and interchange of kiddie porn and other porn easy. When my abuser was taking pictures of us (boys) he had to use a large professional 16mm camera. He had access to a professional developing system.
3) Hundreds of years ago, in Shakespeare's time and long before, girls became wives (legally) in early teens. They had a different set of somewhat cryptic words for sexual behavior, like cuckold. I can't come up with an example, but incest was regarded very differently. Ophelia in Hamlet was probably a teen girl. Women weren't allowed to be actresses. Boys had to play the girl roles. Mary (Jesus' Mother and Joseph's wife) was probably a young teenage girl.
4) Now, and because of reason 3 and cultural changes, we have long periods of teenage years where the teens are fully functional sexually but they have not
acquired: Ability to restrain their emotions and sexuality, ability to earn a living, ability to support a family emotionally and financially. The media and advertising spurs their inner sexual drives without encouraging responsible behavior.
5) The school system we have (in the western world) puts kids in exposure to other kids in large numbers and there is little supervision.
6) Working mothers (and/or fathers) leave kids without adequate supervision. Family values and the family structure in general have broken down. In the media, the degenerate role is often portrayed as the norm.
7) The underlying belief systems have greatly changed. It used to be that (in western society) biblical standards were accepted and promulgated everywhere in the western world. Standards of moral conduct were accepted even if the centrality of the Bible was not accepted. Now the religion of the day has become secular humanism. In this society the top value system is freedom of the individual and freedom of expression. Responsibility for conduct has been severely downgraded.
8) Society as a whole generally believes in a relative value system. That is, whether a thing is bad or good is not evaluated in terms of an absolute standard of laws. The idea of absolutes is rejected. Evaluation of behavior is only regarded as a relative matter. You hear the expression: 'It's all relative'. In other words, we have no one outside of our perceptions to whom we are responsible for our behavior.
9) Evolutionary mechanisms have become a dominating dogma of western society. This allows society to reject objective standards of behavior because it seems to teach that God is irrelevant to the physical reality we see around us. The whole 'God thing' becomes irrelevant. Now things are interpreted as having arisen without any divine intervention and guidance. Because of this it seems to reinforce the relativism and dominance of natural philosophy. The belief is that: 'Nothing matters unless we can see it, feel it or touch or measure it.'
Reference:How Should we Then Live
, by Fancis Shaffer.http://www.amazon.com/Should-Then-Live-LAbri-Anniversary/dp/1581345364/