Child Pornography “Addiction”
About our Child Pornography “Addiction” Treatment
I have helped, and can help, persons who viewed and or collected this material dramatically change the distorted thinking helped them act this way, as well as help them reliably discontinue this behavior. I have had countless clients come to me for help with this, both self referred clients because they wanted to avoid creating legal consequences for themselves, or clients who came to me because they already did create those consequences. With smartphones we now have a computer with high speed internet in our pocket, and persons with this disorder need every advantage if they are going to beat this disorder. I help clients both understand how powerful this disorder is, how they need to give it a tremendous amount of respect, but also that clients can use their intellect and insights to protect themselves from a disorder that clearly wants to put them in prison. Below are some insights and understanding of this behavior.
Child Pornography is a misnomer, a misnomer that we are so very slowly starting to correct. These are images of child sexual abuse. Some police have called these images crime scene photos. For the sake of our conversation I will use the standard term. Persons who view and collect child pornography have a disorder, one that has them see things on the image that are not there. It is not “mental illness”, or psychosis on the part of the person “enjoying” these photos. Persons who view and collect child pornography project their own sexual feelings, onto the by definition non sexual children in the photos. The viewer of this material looks at these images, and sees sexuality, where there is none. The viewer of this material looks at these images and sees a content child, when there is a terrified child. The viewer of this material looks at these images and sees a bored child when there is a distressed and from what the victims tell us “dead inside” child.
The viewer of this material looks at these images, and sees his own sexual feelings, put onto the child who is in reality experiencing some very distressing negative feelings, including fearing for his or her life. The viewer of this material has no idea he is doing any of his projection. This projection of his own sexuality onto these in pain or in distress children has “the collector” become very confused as to the reality of how this material is produced, what he is watching, what the victims experience, and the child’s likely fate in the hands of the criminals making this material. The “collector” of this material has a disorder that also has him wildly off as to the the legal safety of his viewing, and or collecting, these images and videos. Those of us without a disorder, we can easily estimate that there is a likelihood of some law enforcement being made aware of this material moving about the internet, by any number of tech companies, or internet service providers.
If we accidentally came into possession of some of this media, material that could give us ten years in federal prison for each image, we would have major anxiety, and that anxiety that would have us permanently rid ourselves of this dangerous material.The collector of these images has no such anxiety. His disorder tells him he is legally safe, when he is actually in terrible and sometimes imminent legal jeopardy. This gross distorting of what is actually in these images, as well as his severe distorting on his legal safety viewing these, leaves the child porn collector in a position to not only continue to re-victimize these children by his viewing these abuse images, but also set himself up for a serious term of incarceration and several decades if not a lifetime on the Sex Offender Registry. Depending on the state, and specific behaviors of the person engaging in this crime, it is sometimes charged under under “Promoting Sexual Performance of a Child” , “Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child”, “Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child” , “Possessing an Obscene Sexual Performance by a Child” or similar worded charges in various states.