- Approximately 20 percent of all Internet pornography involves children.
- Child pornography has become a $3 billion annual industry.
- According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), child pornography reports increased 39 percent in 2004. Ernie Allen, president and CEO of NCMEC, states that the statistics show a significant and steady increase in child pornography reports.
- More than 20, 000 images of child pornography are posted on the Internet every week.
All aspects of the addiction cycle are applicable to online behaviors, as are the needs for power and control. You can be anything, say anything, request anything, and never risk exposure. By the click of a button, you are gone, in a new space, seducing and exploring -- getting high.
Cybersex is especially appealing to those who dissociate because it creates an immediate escape into a fantasy world. Cybersex is also alluring for the shame-based client because of emotional rejection.
For those who fuse sex with intensity, running multiple programs simultaneously amplifies their high. They can participate in chat rooms, download pornography, instant massage, and send sexual images of themselves via web cam, all the same time.
With the advent of cybersex, the repercussions for sex addicts have been devastating. One of the biggest issues for sexual addicts is impulse control, and the Internet allows the addict's gratification -- "I want what I want when I want it" -- to be instant.
No matter how the addict acts out, he can fit it in the world of cybersex -- a world that continues to expand at lightening speed.