What Drives People To Look At Child Pornography

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With a high-profile name like Jim Sideras facing child pornography charges, we’re taking a closer look at what drives people to the images.

David Knudson is a licensed professional counselor who has worked with people who have admitted to looking at child pornography.  Though there is no clinical diagnosis involving child pornography, Knudson says he would call it an addiction.  He tells you what people who look at the graphic videos and pictures experience.

“It’s very painful for them. It’s very, very painful for them,” Knudson said.

There are many words to describe what viewers of child porn experience.

“The remorse. The fear. The fear that they have; the shame, the guilt. The sense of kind of feeling alienated; the inability to stop,” Knudson said.

Knudson says he has helped people who have been unable to escape their urge even at work.

“When they were on break, they would get their phone out and would be looking at child pornography and reading child pornography stories,” Knudson said.

Knudson says it is possible to break the cycle with treatment.

“They need to go into an inpatient facility, at a minimal of 30 days, and maybe potentially longer, to get involved in a 12-step program,” Knudson said.

But he says that it’s not easy.

“I think it’s incredibly difficult, especially with certain addiction, especially with sexual addiction, because there’s so much stigma and judgment,” Knudson said.

He says it’s not a fight somebody can win alone.

“You need to say, ‘I have an addiction,’ and to surrender, and to admit that you have an addiction, and to really surrender, and to turn it over to the professionals,” Knudson said.

There are support groups, too. Knudson also finds that having a close-knit support group, such as a church, helps.



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