Teen addicted to porn speaks out
March 9, 2006

By MACIE JEPSON / WFAA-TV

Ninety percent of kids between the ages of eight and sixteen have used computers to access X-rated material and studies show many of those will become addicts because of their age.
Beemer Waller, 17, said at the age of 12-years-old he started watching pornography online. He also said it soon became a quick addiction.
"It went from girls to two girls and a guy, to two guys and a girl, to three girls," he said. "It went everywhere. I couldn't go to sleep until I watched them."
Finding sites and staying on them for hours was easy for Waller who said one site led to the next.
"You click on one and you exit out and three more of them pop up, and you exit out of those and seven more pop up," he said.
Psychologist Dr. Todd Clements said he works with kids and teens that have addictions to porn.
"You have to do more and more to get that same rush, and often that goes from what we call level one, viewing pornography, to level two, acting out on that because viewing no longer gives you the rush," said Dr. Todd Clements, psychologist.
Cat scans show boys aren't equipped to handle the euphoria associated with pornography, Clements said.
"They're totally separating emotions from sexual activity and I think that is going to cause problems later in life," he said. "That is going to cause problems in marriage. It is going to cause problems trying to have an intimate relationship as well."
Studies show that regular viewers of porn have more aggressive and devious desires, and are more likely to act on them.
Beemer Waller's parents said he never showed outwards signs of his obsession. Instead, they said he simply wasn't around.
"To here the things that he did that we had no clue and it is like where were we?" said David Waller, Beemer's father. "And I promise you...we were on top of it, we thought."
Waller went from a standup basketball player who performed in church plays to a hermit who stayed behind closed doors for hours.
Soon his parents had to place a lock on the family television because of excessive pay-per-view orders. He then turned to using gift cards to purchase downloads on the internet.
"[I wanted] to get that high," he said.
Rapper Kanye West and gospel singer Kirk Franklin recently made their addictions public. Both the pop icons said they are addicted to porn and sex.
Waller said he too has decided to voice his addictions. He was not only a porn addict, but he also kicked addictions to alcohol and drugs.
He just recently returned to school and has a new girlfriend. However, he said he wonders if anyone can live up to incessant sexual cravings he blames on the porn industry.
Waller said he came out publicly with his addictions in hopes to educate and help others. He also urged young kids and teens who believe they might have an addiction to ask for help.



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