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  •  In defense of sex addicts (13+ / 0-)

    Sex addiction definitely drives people to many risky behaviors. Rape is generally not one of them. And controlling the "urge' to rape is not equivalent to controlling tics or outbursts from Tourette's. Not at all equivalent.

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    by Catte Nappe on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 12:01:57 PM PDT

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    •  I'm not so sure . (2+ / 0-)
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      And controlling the "urge' to rape is not equivalent to controlling tics or outbursts from Tourette's.
      Just as some can't control what insults fly out of their mouths when the suffer from Tourette's , just as some can't control their hands when the suffer from kleptomania , I think some people suffer from the same sort of mental problem when it comes to sex . I think the vast majority of people can control themselves re insults , thefts and sex , but that there is a small proportion who have real problems in these areas .

      A small proportion of thieves are sufferers of kleptomania
      who can't control their urge to steal .
      A small proportion of insulters are sufferers of Tourette's
      who can't control their urge to insult .
      A small proportion of rapists are sufferers of something
      who can't control their urges , imho .

      What Is Sexual Addiction?
      By Michael Herkov, Ph.D

      Sexual addiction is best described as a progressive intimacy disorder characterized by compulsive sexual thoughts and acts. Like all addictions, its negative impact on the addict and on family members increases as the disorder progresses. Over time, the addict usually has to intensify the addictive behavior to achieve the same results.

      For some sex addicts, behavior does not progress beyond compulsive masturbation or the extensive use of pornography or phone or computer sex services. For others, addiction can involve illegal activities such as exhibitionism, voyeurism, obscene phone calls, child molestation or rape.

      For many, their problems are so severe that imprisonment is the only way to ensure society’s safety against them.

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      by indycam on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 12:31:01 PM PDT

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      •  I mean (3+ / 0-)
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        Surely some rapists are compulsive beyond their ability to control themselves.  But I haven't seen any evidence that this represents a primary or even significant explanation for rapes in the United States.

        For the most part - including in the Steubenville case - rapists seem perfectly able to control their desires, and do not experience their offenses as a momentary lapse of control.  It would be odd that this team happened to have a group of individuals who are criminally insane, that were supported by their peers not as charity cases, but as morally correct.

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