What Role Does Sexual Addiction Have To Do With Sex Crimes?

Albert Einstein during a lecture in Vienna in 1921
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Lawrence W. Daly, MSc

“A perfection of means, and confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem.
Albert Einstein
It isn’t everyday that the question about sexual addiction makes the news. It is important to be able to distinguish from a sexual addict and sexual offender. When someone talks about sexual offenders it is rare that they will put sexual addiction in the mix of things.

Instead they approach the conflict with no regard for the sexual addict. It isn’t because they do it on purpose it is due to the lack of understanding what a sexual addict is and who they are.

So who is this individual titled and labeled a “sexual addict?” He is an individual you just spoke to on the telephone, he is your next door neighbor, he is your friend, he is your priest, he is your co-worker, he is your partner or he is your spouse. In fact, he is just about anybody you know. Like the sexual offender the title or label of a sexual addict runs amuck in the same crowd as that of the sexual offender.

Studies have demonstrated that 42% of sexual offenders were sexual addicts. This is an interesting study as it demonstrates that a sexual offender at the same time he was molesting children was having troubles with an addiction, most likely involving children. Still when asked if he is addicted to child pornography he would most likely deny it.

Studies have additionally demonstrated that sexual addiction is out of control amongst those who are Christians. According to Christian Today, 4 in 10 pastors with Internet access reported they have visited a pornographic Website (Leadership Journal 2001) and more than one-third have done so in the past year. Slightly over half of the pastors (51%) say Internet pornography is a temptation for them; 37% admit it is a current struggle. Among the laity, 44% report at least occasionally viewing pornography.

These studies were more than ten years ago. Let us look at some up to date studies now that the Internet has become so popular and so have the pornography sites. The website Thoughts.com in their article “Porn Again Christians” (2011) stated the following:

From the results of a ChristiaNet poll reported by Marketwire.com 
1. 50% of all Christian men and 20% of all Christian women are addicted to pornography. 
2. 60% of the women who answered the survey admitted to having significant
    struggles with lust. 
3. 40% admitted to being involved in sexual sin in the past year.
4. One evangelical leader skeptical of survey findings saying 50 percent of  
    Christian men had looked at porn recently surveyed his own congregation. 
6. He found that 60 percent had watched porn in the not too distant past and that
    one in three visitors to porn websites are women.

Fieldwork: yahh I found the anti-porn, gamblin...
Fieldwork: yahh I found the anti-porn, gambling, drugs poster at Internet cafe! There are several sex workers outside of the KTV next door, (Photo credit: Tricia Wang 王圣捷)
The numerous studies demonstrate that even Christians who suffered from sexual addiction could not stay away from pornography on the Internet. The Internet being a 40-80 billion dollar industry.

One of the misnomer’s in the Christian sexual addiction problem is that woman don’t have a problem with sexual addiction. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In one study the phone callers to Focus on the Family’s Pastoral Care Line about personal struggles with sexual addiction were from women, a 10% finding.

Many in the Christian world believe that having a sexual addiction is a moral failure. This was the attitude of old, but still some of the elderly pastors find this still to be true. Another problem in the church is what is stated above, when you hear the word sexual addiction you immediately think of sexual offenders i.e. pedophilia or other offending behaviors.

This causes problems for church goers as most Protestant and other Christian Churches are between 7-500 members totaling 94% of those in the United States. So most churches are small and the people within the church know one another. As they say word travels fast and this is when everyone knows everyone and everything which is happening in the church.

The attitude about sexual sin in today’s church is different. Those who are experts on the subject have intelligent and competent advice. Years ago women or men who would come forward and declare they were having sexual relationships outside or marriage would be shunned by those of the church. You didn’t hear about the man who on several occasions a week would masturbate to his Playboy, Hustler or Oui magazine. Nobody asked men if they were being faithful. Now men turn to the Internet and track down their favorite website and masturbate to it.

The Christian man of yesterday is the same today; the only difference is in the new accountability and responsibility standards requirement of not only women, but men to. If a man was cheating on his wife twenty years ago, it was something that wasn’t talked about, but the Pastor dealt with behind closed doors. Now, infidelity is as common, but since women have been allowed to read the Bible and understand it, it clearly states in the Bible if your spouse commits adultery this sin is cause for divorce. Fifty years ago, the man carried and read the Bible, the woman followed.

This attitude has changed to the status where a man and woman walk into the Church arm in arms each carrying their own Bible. Has the status of the man and woman changed over the years, definitely? Is the women equal in Christian Churches, the answer is still up in the air. There are many variable and issues which still keep the woman from being equal.

Tomorrow, this series is already becoming an interesting set of information and knowledge you can use to address those in sexual addiction and the residual affect it has inside the church. No longer is the woman walking behind the man. In most churches the woman either walks arm or arms with their man or in front of him. Many people don’t want to change citing the bible for reasons to keep the woman either beside or behind the man. Still both man and woman suffer from sexual addictions. No one seems to be able to escape the sexual addiction wrath.

Remember April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Lawrence W. Daly
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