A leading therapist said a 12-year-old client has confessed to acting out scenes from 50 Shades of Grey with a girl in his local park.
Addiction psychotherapist Steve Pope spoke on BBC Radio Five Live on Tuesday and said in the last 24 hours he had been “amazed” by a discussion with one of his young clients.
Talking to presenter Rachel Burden, Dr Pope described the destructive nature of pornography, particularly in regards to children and their exposure to it.
Dr Pope said: “To be blunt, we have had nightmares over the effects of 50 Shades of Grey and what children now think is normal adult sexual behaviour.
“Within the last 24 hours I have worked with a young man, a 12-year-old, who thought that 50 Shades of Grey was a normal part of sexual behaviour with a young girl.”
He later added: “We had a young man and a young girl acting various scenes from 50 Shades of Grey in a local park.
This is a useful article, which is why I’m quoting it, but why on earth is this doctor calling a 12-year old boy a “young man”, while a girl the same age or older is a “young girl”?
While I’m sure that it’s not impossible for boys that young to be porn-sick and dangerous, at that age they are still children, and therefore victims themselves.
“These days you have things like this happening because porn normalises taboo behaviour.
“What we are moving into is long-term effects of what they think is normal behaviour.
“It is probably one of the fastest growing areas of addiction and threats to our society known to Western culture.”
“The taboos get removed more and more and now we have 70 per cent of sex offenders using porn to pump themselves up to commit a crime.