Last updated on: 1/31/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Mary Anne Layden, PhD Biography

Title:
Co-Director of the Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania
Position:
Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Internet pornography and the legalisation of prostitution have driven up demand through a set of beliefs that imply that this behaviour is normal, acceptable, common and doesn’t hurt anyone so the person has permission to continue to behave in that way….

There are not enough women in Australia who have been raped as a child, are homeless, or have a drug addiction, to be prostitutes, because in reality these are the women who end up in this situation. In this case, you have to deceive or kidnap women and children from other countries, take their passport, beat them up and put them into sex slavery.”

The Australian, Aug. 10, 2005

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Co-Director, Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program, Center for Cognitive Therapy, University of Pennsylvania
  • Director of Education, Center for Cognitive Therapy, University of Pennsylvania
  • Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
  • Teacher, Cognitive Therapy, Institute of Psychiatry, London, 1989-1990
  • Teacher, Beaver College, 1979-1991
  • Member, American Psychological Association
Education:
  • PhD, Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1981
  • BS, Psychology, Marian College, 1970
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Prostitution Be Legal?