Are sexual offences and porn linked?

2017-06-16 06:00

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ACCORDING to previous reports, rape and sexual offence crimes seem to be on the rise with police taking on these cases every week.

The Port Shepstone police station is reportedly investigating at three cases linked to child pornography and numerous rape and sexual offence crimes.

As the country observed Child Protection Week last week,

experts said a link between pornography and sexual offence crimes was eminent.

Port Shepstone psychologist Lindelani Lynette Itabor said while some research has suggested there was no such thing as “porn addiction” excessive consumption of porn could encourage deviant behaviour.

“For something to be classified as an addiction, that person would have to be unable to function without it, however, pornography consumption can lead to unhealthy sexual behaviours and encourage sexual aggression,” said Itabor.

“More important is understanding what drives that behaviour [excessive consumption of porn], because all addictive behaviours are caused by a certain void that person has,” said Itabor adding that “common sense” was to be used in ascertaining when one has gone too far in their consumption of porn.

Itabor said paedophiles were, however, to be differentiated from any consumers of porn as sexual abuse had lasting negative effects on children.

“Because sex is enjoyable one of the effects is that the child would go back to the abuser although feeling ashamed and violated.

“Also some children might display promiscuous behaviour as well as self-harm because they are angry with themselves,” said Itabor.

She encouraged parents to educate themselves and their children about sexual violations and said although the symptoms differed with each victim, a child will act differently if they are being abused.

Port Shepstone SAPS spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid urged victims to speak out so that perpetrators can be removed from the community and prevent them from harming more victims.

“Many rape and or sexual offences related cases that are reported to police have been committed within the family environment. Therefore if these type of cases are not reported, the SAPS may probably not even become aware of it,” said Wiid.

“Parents should talk openly to their children about the dangers of being alone with strangers and also point out that their bodies are their own. No one, not even a relative, has the right to touch their body,” said Wiid.

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