By David Outten
The body of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway of Colorado was found dismembered October 10. On October 23, Austin Sigg’s mother turned him over to the police as the killer. Sigg had been receiving treatment over the last two years for a pornography addiction.
The case of Jessica Ridgeway is far from unusual. In 2009, there were 65,964 cases of child sexual abuse reported in the United States.
German research found that 60 percent of men and 10 percent of women watch porn at least weekly (most daily). A study by IconKids & Youth found that 30 percent of girls and boys see porn before the age of 11. By age 17, 93 percent of boys and 80 percent of girls have seen porn.
Therapist Tabea Fretag, a specialist in media addition issues, says, “I have treated several traumatized women who were sexually abused by brothers who had been watching a lot of porn, among them many women who came from homes where the parenting was good.” She recounts one story where a mother found 30 porn site addresses listed in her computer's browser, including one about horror sex. Her 9-year-old son had been logging on to the sites when she was out shopping. She and her husband tried to deal with it empathetically but later found him sexually abusing his little sister.
The danger is not just a few corrupted boys. A 1989 study of undergraduate males by John Briere and M. Runtz found that 21 percent reported some sexual attraction to small children and nine percent had fantasized about having sex with them. A study by 2004 Study by Michael C. Seto found that of 100 men convicted for child pornography offenses, 43 had also been charged with actual sex offenses.
According to a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Report, 32 million American women and 13 million American men have received unwanted sexual contact. Of these, 21 million women and 1.5 million men have been raped. Girls under 10 years old account for 12.3 percent, or 2.6 million, rapes. The report concludes:
“The promotion of respectful, nonviolent relationships is not just the responsibility of individuals and partners, but also of the communities and society in which they live. It is important to continue addressing the beliefs, attitudes and messages that are deeply embedded in our social structures and that create a social climate that condones sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence.”
While the politically-correct CDC study was unwilling to mention pornography, it’s obvious to any sensible human being that pornography not only condones sexual violence, it promotes it. It drives boys like Austin Sigg to become killers capable of dismembering another human being. While the number of children dismembered may be small, 2.6 million rapes of girls under 10-years-old is not a small number!
Jesus Christ said:
“You have heard the commandment that says, ‘You must not commit adultery’;but, I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. So if your eye – even your good eye – causes you to lust, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.” (Matt. 5:27–29)
As bad as the problem of pornography is, the root problem is lust. It’s a demonic problem that can only be solved by repentance and salvation. Pornography addictions are a form of spiritual enslavement. Hollywood’s horror shows are acting. The dismemberment of Jessica Ridgeway was not. It was the very real action of someone driven by absolutely horrible lusts aroused and fed by pornography and other forms of sexual content in the mass media.
Jesus came to set captives free. Many professing Christians, including pastors, struggle with pornography addictions. The solution is very deep, very real repentance. It is hungering and thirsting for righteousness harder than you ever hungered for porn. This is not a hunger you work up on your own. You can’t make yourself hungry for righteousness any more than you can make yourself hungry for cod liver oil. It is the Grace of God. Ask God for a righteous hunger and then act on it.