Our expert says:
Many people, probably men even more so, access internet porn, and a somewhat smaller proportion enjoy internet chats, which are really fantasy encounters, because of course online nobody knows that the hot red-head girl they're chatting to is actuually a bald former lorry-driver.
In itself these behaviours are not necessarily harmful, unless they come to be used as a substitute for more usual direct human and sexual encounters, rather than a supplement.
Sexual abuse of children is more common than people generally believe. Victims of it often feel ashamed, for various easons, including the way many abusers manage to persuade their victims to blame themselves. And so it isn;t something they're usually keen to talk about, even to a loved spouse.
However, it doesn't CAUSE excessive interest in internet porn or chat.
However, prior abuse, while in some cases it seems to have surprisingly little impact on individuals as they grow up, it does in some cases lead to sexual problems of various sorts, and it does them deserve proper help by seeing a psychotherapist for assessment and a discussion of potential treatment to help the person free themselves from whatever unhelpful long-term effects there may have been
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