Everyday thousands of children are being sexually abused. You can stop the abuse of at least one child by simply praying. You can possibly stop the abuse of thousands of children by forwarding the link in First Time Visitor? by email, Twitter or Facebook to every Christian you know. Save a child or lots of children!!!! Do Something, please!

3:15 PM prayer in brief:
Pray for God to stop 1 child from being molested today.
Pray for God to stop 1 child molestation happening now.
Pray for God to rescue 1 child from sexual slavery.
Pray for God to save 1 girl from genital circumcision.
Pray for God to stop 1 girl from becoming a child-bride.
If you have the faith pray for 100 children rather than one.
Give Thanks. There is more to this prayer here

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Thursday, 8 January 2015

Pornography Promotes Adolescent Sex Addiction Which can Affect Brain Development

If you have read any of my blog postings on the 'culture of rape', you may recall that I have attempted to associate availability of pornography in adolescence to the rape culture in older teens and young adults. This study from Indonesia, and an American child psychologist make that connection. 

They also introduce us to a condition I have never heard discussed about adolescents or young teens - sex addiction - something parents really need to be familiar with.


Two thirds of elementary students surveyed in the Greater Jakarta area have been exposed to pornography, thus increasing their vulnerability to sex addiction, a survey shows. 

The survey of 2,818 fourth, fifth and sixth grade elementary school students in Jakarta, Depok and Bekasi conducted between January 2008 and February 2010 showed that 67 percent had seen pornographic material through computer games, comics and websites. 

“Most of the children accessed pornography from gadgets given to them by their parents, who only gave them the devices as symbols of prestige,” survey team psychologist Elly Risman said.

Dr Elly Risman
There were many ways for children to access pornography in the information technology era, she said, adding that for this reason there should also be a corresponding revolution in methods of parenting.

“The older methods of parenting are no longer applicable. Parents have to be aware of the dangers of sex addiction, which is sometimes caused by exposure to pornography,” she said.

Sex addiction could affect the development of the brain’s frontal lobe, which controls a person’s reason and rational, their ability to set goals and maintain self-discipline, American child and family psychologist Randy Hyde said, adding that bright, sensitive, spiritual and tender-hearted children are also vulnerable to sex addiction.

Dr. Randy Hyde
“They actually feel guilty about what they do and want to quit. But at the same time they are becoming more and more addicted to the things they are trying to avoid. It’s human nature,” he said.

Instead of blaming children, parents should influence their kids by appreciating their honesty, Randy said.

There are certain steps that can be taken to prevent children from becoming sex addicts, Elly said. Parents have to be aware of the information their children have access to, and they also should have knowledge on sex addiction, she added.

Parents should be able to practice their knowledge on how to restrict their children from having sex and masturbating. 

“Sex addiction among children is actually not new, but parents are not fully aware. There are no therapists in Indonesia to help children escape from sex addiction,” Elly said, adding that children who are addicted to sex tend to do poorly in school, describe their sexual fantasies, tell dirty jokes and avoid eye contact because of guilty feelings.