Children getting hooked on porn

Published: Thursday, October 27, 2016 @ 5:30 PM
Updated: Thursday, October 27, 2016 @ 5:30 PM

Clinical Psychotherapist Frances Duncan says the types of porn kids see today is different than it used to be. Some kids "can't unsee" it and can lose sleep over it.

A new public health crisis is emerging--kids as young as five years old becoming addicted to pornography. Psychologists are telling us that virtually every child is vulnerable and the addiction is as powerful as any drug.  

"I'm seeing kids as young as five years old who are being deeply affected by viewing porn," said Clinical Psychotherapist Frances Duncan, who has an office in Dayton.  

Duncan has counseled about a dozen boys and girls ages 5 through 12 showing signs of porn addiction.  

"The children are very distressed. It is causing anxiety, sleep disturbance," said Duncan. "It's a traumatic experience."  

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Statistics show 90% of kids ages 8 to 16 have seen online pornography. There's no research yet on how many are addicted. Duncan says children can easily find pictures of sexual behavior on any electronic device--from smartphones and i-Pads to computer and TV screens that show video games, cartoons, and Netflix. Even if a child doesn't have access to one of these devices, she says they are often exposed to porn by an older relative, neighbor, or classmate.  

Once they've seen erotic images, Duncan said most children cannot get them out of their heads.  

"This stuff not only changes the brain chemistry but the structure in the brain," according to Duncan, "And these are young developing little brains. It is exactly the same addiction as to an opiate."  

The mothers of two of Duncan's young patients worry about the long-term effects of viewing porn so early in life.  

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"My baby boy, I feel like his innocence was robbed," said the mother of a 6-year-old boy. She said an older boy showed her son pornographic pictures on an iPod and that he started "acting out, just sexually and aggressively, too much knowledge for his age."  

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The mother of another child said she noticed "unusual body language" when her son was holding a Wii U console while wearing headphones.  

"So I walked over and picked it up and he was watching porn on the Wii U and I didn't even know you could do that," said the mother of a 7-year-old.  

Tony Bucio and Ali Laux went to counseling for Bucio's pornography addiction.

Tony Bucio knows all too well the hold that pornography can have on a child. He said he first saw it at 8 year's old and porn is still impacting his life as an adult, especially in his relationship with a girlfriend.  

"It's something that's always been a rift between us. She's never, ever been okay with me watching."  

His longtime girlfriend, Ali Laux, confronted him after he denied his addiction for years. She insisted they get counseling.  

"We've been able to talk about this openly, which at first was really difficult," said Laux. "But, I mean, we're the happiest that we've ever been."  

Duncan believes the earlier a child is treated, the better.  

WATCH: Bucio talks about being addicted to porn

"Our generation of little kids right now are guinea pigs for this," says Duncan. "We don't want to see in twenty years the serious damage that it's caused that we could have possibly prevented had we known."  

Duncan advises parents to educate themselves and talk to their children about pornography.  

She is hosting a free presentation at Positive Solutions at 713 West Grand Avenue on November 10th from 6-7pm. It's called "The 'P' Word" and is presented by Cheryl Mahoney from iWise Screen Health Solutions. Find more information at www.iWise.solutions

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A decade later, Russian couple discover their dead infant son is actually alive

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 8:10 AM

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For nearly a decade, a Russian couple believed their infant son was dead. Instead, they discovered the child is alive; an “administrative mix-up” led to miscommunication.

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In 2011, the couple, who live in Volgograd, were told by their doctor that their newborn boy would die within the week, The Independent reported. Believing that their time with him was coming to a close, the parents made the difficult decision of signing over their baby to the hospital.

Five days later the couple returned to reclaim their child. But hospital officials told them the boy had already died.

Seven years went by and the couple learned in a rather disturbing manner that there had been a miscommunication of information.

Russia’s Federal Bailiff Service seized a substantial amount of money from the mother’s bank account. When she questioned the move, she was told that she owed 230,000 rubles, which is just over $4,000, to a child care home. She was told the home had raised her son since his birth.

“It became clear that the married couple had been assured for all this time that the child was dead,” explained a spokesman for the bailiff service. “The parents, so unexpectedly aware of the ‘resurrection’ of their baby, immediately appealed to the court for the restoration of parental rights.”

The couple were able to restore their rights in November. They said that the final result of the ordeal “a gift from fate.”

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Hero German shepherd takes bullet for teenager in home invasion

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 8:50 PM

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When burglars violently broke into a Des Moines, Washington, home mid-afternoon on Wednesday, a teenager hid in a closet and held onto his dog.

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But Rex -- a 2-year-old German shepherd -- ran downstairs to protect the 16-year-old.

The dog confronted the burglars, who beat him until he was bloody. The dog ran back upstairs.

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With the dog out of sight, the home invasion continued as the two burglars trashed the house room by room. When they came into the bedroom where the teen and the dog were hiding in the closet, and the teen was on the phone with 911, the dog stood up to them with the little strength he had left.

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He threw himself at the burglars, the teen's family wrote on a GoFundMe page, and was shot at least three times in the neck, leg and knee.

As the sound of sirens became audible, the burglars ran away.

Officers found smashed sliding door glass when they went into the home to get the teen outside safely. They also found Rex, who at first looked dead.

While SWAT teams looked for the suspects, Rex was taken to the animal hospital. 

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He was eventually taken to BluePearl, where he is in the veterinary intensive care unit, receiving pain medication, antibiotics and wound care, with round-the-clock monitoring of his vital signs.
After making it through the night, the dog is now in stable condition.

As Rex recovers, people on social media have taken to calling him a "hero dog" for intervening between the burglars and the teenager.

"My nephew was protected by his eternal friend until the last bit of strength he had in him to do what his unconditional, loving instinct told him to," family member Susy Cadena said on the GoFundMe page.

The family started crowdfunding after paying large sums of money for X-rays and urgently needed medication for Rex. They hope to raise $10,000 to cover the expenses.

"Our family cannot let Rex the hero dog go without us fighting as hard as he did, to his very last bit of a strength while protecting my nephew," Cadena said.

Meanwhile, officers are still looking for the suspects, and they are trying to figure out why the house was targeted.

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Texas superintendent threatens suspension for students who protest gun laws

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 6:15 AM

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A superintendent in a Texas school district near Houston threatened a three-day suspension for any student who walks out to protest current gun laws, the Houston Chronicle reported.

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Needville Independent School District Superintendent Curtis Rhodes sent letters to parents and posted on social media that an out-of-school suspension would be enforced. Students nationwide have been protesting in the wake of a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last week that left 17 people -- including 14 students -- dead.

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"Life is all about choices and every choice has a consequence whether it be positive or negative. We will discipline no matter if it is one, fifty, or five hundred students involved," Rhodes wrote. "All will be suspended for 3 days and parent notes will not alleviate the discipline."

Rhodes said notes from parents would not make a difference, The Washington Post reported.

“Respect yourself,” Rhodes wrote, “and please understand that we are here for an education and not a political protest.”

Student organizers in Florida are planning a March for Our Lives on March 24 in Washington, D.C., the Chronicle reported. A National School Walkout planned by Women's March organizers is set for March 14. A walkout is also scheduled on April 20, the 19th anniversary of the 1999 mass shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado. 

Rhodes said the school district is sensitive to violence in schools, but stressed that the students’ focus should be on education and not political protests, the Chronicle reported.

"A school is a place to learn and grow educationally, emotionally and morally," Rhodes wrote. "A disruption of the school will not be tolerated."

The message was originally posted on Needville High School’s Facebook page but was taken down, Time reported. Screenshots of the letter were shared via social media.

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Veteran claims homeless woman she invited into home stole her car

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 7:45 AM

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Homeless person.(Leon Neal/Getty Images)

A military veteran thought she was being a good Samaritan when she invited a homeless woman into her California home to avoid cold weather. Instead, she is lamenting the loss of her car, which she alleges the homeless woman took, KRON reported.

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Sharon Larson, 69, said she saw a homeless woman outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Fairfield on Monday night and wanted to help.

“There’s so many homeless today,” Larson told KRON. “You see them everywhere, homeless families everywhere. It just breaks my heart and just tears my heart up to see so many people on the street. It just kills me.”

Larson said she “didn’t think twice” about offering assistance.

“I couldn’t leave her outside in leggings,” Larson said. “They’re just leggings. No jacket. No coat.”

The woman, who said her name was Lynn, stayed at Larson’s home Monday night. Larson fed her and did her laundry, KRON reported. On Tuesday, the two women shared a meal of pork chops and watched a few movies. Larson went to the bathroom, but when she returned the woman was gone and so were the keys to Larson’s 2011 Mazda CX-7, KRON reported.

“It is breaking my heart because now I’m feeling like I can’t help anybody anymore, and I always help people,” Larson said. “And now I feel like if I help them, they’ll just steal from me or hurt me. I don’t know. … sorry.”

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