The body of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway of Colorado was found dismembered October 10. On October 23, Austin Sigg’s mother turned him over to the police as the killer. Sigg had been receiving treatment over the last two years for a pornography addiction.
The case of Jessica Ridgeway is far from unusual. In 2009, there were 65,964 cases of child sexual abuse reported in the United States.
German research found that 60 percent of men and 10 percent of women watch porn at least weekly (most daily). A study by IconKids & Youth found that 30 percent of girls and boys see porn before the age of 11. By age 17, 93 percent of boys and 80 percent of girls have seen porn.
Therapist Tabea Fretag, a specialist in media addition issues, says, “I have treated several traumatized women who were sexually abused by brothers who had been watching a lot of porn, among them many women who came from homes where the parenting was good.” She recounts one story where a mother found 30 porn site addresses listed in her computer’s browser, including one about horror sex. Her 9-year-old son had been logging on to the sites when she was out shopping. She and her husband tried to deal with it empathetically but later found him sexually abusing his little sister.
The danger is not just a few corrupted boys. A 1989 study of undergraduate males by John Briere and M. Runtz found that 21 percent reported some sexual attraction to small children and nine percent had fantasized about having sex with them. A study by 2004 Study by Michael C. Seto found that of 100 men convicted for child pornography offenses, 43 had also been charged with actual sex offenses.
Read more at Political Outcast. By David Outten.
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