"When you suffer from childhood sexual abuse or were severely abused as a child, you usually repress those memories. You are unable to say, 'I am doing this because I was abused as a child and this is all I know how to do. This is all I know how to feel.' I think a lot of the women are in denial and they don't realize what post-traumatic stress disorder is. You either totally go a whole different direction and turn your life around and get as far away from that abuse as you can – or you re-live the experience, and a lot of these women are re-living what they know how to feel."

- ex-porn performer Carol Smith, in Not For Sale

" Howard (Stern) asked me if I'd ever been molested or abused. It was the one question I wasn't prepared for." 'No', I told Howard, in answer to his question. I lied like a rug. I wasn't ready to tell anybody about any of this (being gang raped, beaten and left for dead), and I certainly wasn't ready to deal with Howard's reaction. I didnąt want anyone to think that I was in the business because I was a victim." (Pgs. 391 and 395)

- Jenna Jameson, in "How to Make Love Like a Porn Star"

" Step One: Teenager becomes a model. Reason ­ Like all teenagers, she thinks she's special.

Step Two: Teenager starts dating a tattoo artist and biker. Reason ­ He's older, badder, and allegedly wiser.

Step Three: Teenager becomes a stripper. Reason ­ Work, money, and approval of boyfriend.

Step Four: Teenager starts modeling nude. Reason ­ It's just like real modeling, except with the stripping added in.

Step Five: Teenager starts acting in soft-core all-female adult movies. Reason ­ Revenge.

-Jameson, page 126

"Well, I grew up in a small town in Ohio , and when I was 10 years old, I was raped by a high school boy that was about 16. And from there, my mother had an older boyfriend that molested me, so my entire childhood was really shaped by these really traumatic sexual experiences, which ultimately led me to the streets of Hollywood and to porn."

-Traci Lords, in a Fox News interview

"(Traci Lords) makes abundantly clear how easily the internal struggles of any sweet, curious young girl can be manipulated. The product of a broken home with a brutal father and a weary mother, the one-time Nora Kuzma is raped at age 10 but her 16-year-old crush: 'How could I deny it?' she writes of her resulting self-image. 'I was a whore.'"

-From a review of Traci Lordsą book Underneath it All

" Half the women I knew outside porn had been sexually abused as little girls, so it only stood to reason that the statistics might apply in porn as well. One study of the general population claims it is two out of three. The puzzling refrain I'd begun hearing from porn outsiders: "There are plenty of people with histories of sexual abuse who didn't grow up to be porn stars." That's missing the point: The ones who did become sex workers were abused. All of them, that's my guess."

-From Ian Gittler, A Diary of Six Years in the Life of a Porn Star. Rolling Stone October 14, 1999