Some painful ideas coalesced during my marathon watching session.
- Sexual addiction/compulsion is not a respecter of persons. Individuals from all walks of life are snared in the trap laid by the program.
- Denial, minimization and blame are immediate reactions of the perpetrators to getting caught. These defense mechanisms are universal.
- Pedophiles are creative and perceptive liars. They may justify their behavior to themselves or other like-minded individuals but when caught, they intuitively know that their behavior is socially, morally and legally unacceptable so they begin to lie.
- Sexual compulsions are an addictive disease and if left unchecked, will escalate. It is a progressive disease.
- This disease is pervasive and impacts the entire person. Reasonable, educated and professional men are reduced to sniffling perps, unable to cognitively understand just how sick they really are. The notion that involvement with pornography hijacks and completely changes the male brain is profound and should inform education, prevention and law enforcement strategies to protect innocent victims.