Recent local stories – of a financial aid director abusing his power against women, of a serial child molester, of an alleged rapist – have the disturbing sex offender in mind. We’re told such behavior generally repeats itself; are these offenders addicts? Does it matter?
Labeling people as “monsters” is easy. Do we care about the root of their behaviors? Regardless of the answer, North Idaho expert and counselor Ed Dudding says it’s important to distinguish between sex offenders – who may be addicted to sex (71 percent of child molesters and 55 percent of other sex offenders are addicts, according to Psychcentral.com’s Dr. Michael Herkov), and sex addicts – who rarely commit sex offenses (less than 20 percent). In fact, violence can be a “rule-out” when diagnosing sexual addiction. Full Article