“‘This is a shameful and humbling experience,” Polito told the seven commissioners who will decide his fate. “I acknowledge I did not uphold the high standards of conduct my position required.”
Apologizing to his fellow judges, the people of Will County, his wife and three children, Polito said he has sought professional help for a compulsive sexual disorder, adding that he attends a Sexuality Anonymous support group twice a week and hasn’t used porn in more than a year.
But he said that though he’d looked at porn in his chambers before his court call began in the morning, and in the afternoon after his court call had been completed, “It had absolutely no affect on the hundreds of decisions I made as a judge.”
He said that like other porn addicts he’s met at his support group, he’d started looking at porn when he was “age 8 or 9.'”
“Last week the deputy children’s commissioner, Sue Berelowitz, said the impact of online porn was at least partly to blame for almost a half of cases of gang-based sex attacks.
She said the easy access of porn online skewed young people’s views about what is ‘acceptable, required or expected’ of sex, and could leave boys seeing girls as ‘objects to be used and abused’.”
“As clinicians we know that the sex addict doesn’t fall too far from the family tree. Or as a friend of mine put it: “Sex addiction comes barreling down the generations like a locomotive!”
So addictions run in families, but what part of this is due to genetics, to life experiences, and to other personality variables? And can the genetic research on other addictions be applied to sex addicts?”
“It was in the mid 90s that we began to hear a whole lot about this new thing called “the Internet,” which could answer all of mankind’s deepest questions. At around the same time I hit puberty and began to spend my time moping about pondering the age-old riddle of what, exactly, women look like underneath their clothing.
Evidently at some point I put two and two together and punched the appropriate keywords into the prehistoric version of Google, with spectacular results. So far so good, and if it had stopped there, the experiment might have been innocent enough. But there was a catch. Like most who have played the peeping Tom with porn, I found that my curiosity wasn’t satisfied. On the contrary. I had only learned what this woman looked like. But what about all the others? Obviously I needed to see a few more examples.
And thus was an addiction born.
For the next ten years or so, I would fight a sometimes-desperate fight with this devil – for devil it is – with occasional successes, and more failures than I care to remember. And but for the grace of patient and loving parents, the influence of a remarkable woman who is now my wife, and a resurgent relationship with an all-merciful God, I shudder to think down what dark paths it might have led me.
I confess that it is not easy for me to make this admission. The most enthusiastic evangelists of the sexual revolution are wont to argue that the solution to shame and guilt is to speak more openly and casually about sex, as we might about the weather, or our health. Never mind that no one is convinced, because in our heart of hearts we know that sex is not the weather, is not our health – that it is something infinitely more strange, more powerful, more beautiful, and that no amount of chattering about it will ever completely deaden that sense of shame that comes from abusing it for our own selfish ends.”
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A new report in the United Kingdom revealed a startling trend of young boys being charged with rape or other sexual crimes, with authorities claiming online pornography is leading to the increase.
‘There is a definite link between this and watching hardcore porn. It is an issue of entitlement. If a child has watched a rape scene the same child might attempt to act that piece of behaviour out. The children talk about acting out what they have watched.’
“90 percent of children from ages 8-16 have viewed Internet pornography.”
Viewing of pornography is “a hidden public health hazard exploding, in part because very few are recognizing it as such or taking it seriously.”