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God-fearing women in porn? Ex-porn star doesn't buy it

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Where would you go looking for confident, God-fearing women?  Church?  What about on the set of a pornographic movie?

The Journal of Sex Research has a study claiming pornographic actresses have higher self-esteem and are more religious than other women their same age, ethnicity and marital status.  Many say this study isn't worth the paper it's printed on.

"I became one of the most known women on the internet," former porn star Crissy Moran said.  "Whenever people were watching me have sex, it was incredibly unnatural."

Researchers studied 177 women and claimed porn actresses are not "damaged goods".

"I really doubt that's accurate," Moran said.

Moran was an Internet porn star for seven years.  She said just about every woman she knows who worked in porn has nearly the same story she does.

"My family was a broken family.  They split up when I was 14.  There was lots of drama and abuse.  My father was an alcoholic.  I was sexually abused by men and women throughout my childhood and teen years," she said.

She said many women working in the sex industry also use drugs.

"I did cocaine, meth, ecstasy, marijuana.  Personally, I didn't have to do drugs or alcohol when I was on set because I learned as a child how to deal with it, so I just checked out mentally," she said.

The study claims porn stars have higher self-esteem.  Moran said she and the women she knows ended up in porn because their self-worth was rock-bottom and they were looking for value and purpose.

"I felt like I had to have somebody to make me feel worthy and valuable and desired and loved.  I did feel like the industry did give me power over men.  I was used to being treated badly by men, being used, being cheated on, you name it," she said.

She said that feeling of worth was soon replaced by shame and degradation.  She thought she would be dead by 30.  She started to question if she even had a future.

"What is the purpose of my life?  Is this all I'm made for?  Sometimes, I would cry.  I had all these questions in my head.  I had hope that my life could actually be better," she said.

At the height of her porn career, something happened.

"I had asked God for a sign during the time I was very low and I knew that was the sign I was looking for," Moran said.

The story behind that sign is amazing.  It led Crissy to walk away from the porn industry in 2006.  How did she escape and how much money did she leave behind?

That part of Crissy Moran's story is coming up tomorrow on FOX 26 News at 5 p.m.

She also has a warning for young ladies in a day and time where everyone has a camera at their fingertips.

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