Inside the ‘Porn School’. Help for porn addicted teens!

As the internet begins to exert more and more  control over our lives, it brings with it an increasingly destructive problem -  the rise of online porn.

The issue is perhaps most damaging when it  affects the lives of teenagers, who can be at risk of ruining their adolescence  with an addiction to hardcore material.

And some parents are taking drastic steps to  reform their porn-addict sons – by sending them off to a desert ‘boot camp’ to  help them overcome their troubling behaviour.

Pioneering: Oxbow Academy in Utah aims to tackle teenage boys' 'sexual behavioural issues'

Pioneering: Oxbow Academy in Utah aims to tackle teenage  boys’ ‘sexual behavioural issues’

Oxbow Academy, in Utah, is a rehabilitation  facility dedicated to teenage boys who have exhibited ‘sexual behavioural  issues’.

These ‘issues’ can include a wide variety of  problems – some of the boys there have been accused of voyeurism or even  assaulting other children.

But perhaps the fastest-growing category of  offender is the online porn fanatic – leading some to dub the academy ‘Porn  School’, according to the Sunday  Mirror.

The pioneering facility is in a converted  church, with inmates sleeping in bunk beds situated in two large  dormitories.

Education: Oxbow has a number of high school teachers on its staff, and the boys attending several hours of schooling each day after undergoing therapy

Education: Oxbow has a number of high school teachers on  its staff, and the boys attending several hours of schooling each day after  undergoing therapy

 

Computer access: But the teens are blocked from all websites except online encyclopaedias

Computer access: But the teens are blocked from all  websites except online encyclopaedias

When parents send their sons off to the  $9,000-a-month facility, they are committing the teens to a tough regime  designed to shake them out of their destructive habits.

Around two dozen boys are subjected to  therapy, chores – and, of course, a ban on phone and internet  use.

The teens, aged between 13 and 17, must spend  their days in counselling sessions, joined once a week by their parents via  Skype – and after a full day of therapy, the boys attend academic classes until  9pm.

The weekends are taken up with homework and  chores such as laundry, although the troubled residents also get the chance to  go horse riding in the wilderness around the town of Wales where Oxbow is  located.

While there are computers at the school, they  are modified so that the only websites accessible from them are online  encyclopaedias.

Group therapy: Music is one of the extra-curricular activities intended to help them overcome their problems

Group therapy: Music is one of the extra-curricular  activities intended to help them overcome their problems

The teenagers are encouraged to open up about  their past problems – and are even subjected to a lie detector test to ensure  they are not concealing anything from the therapists.

Stephen Schultz, director of Oxbow Academy,  told the Sunday Mirror that the boys – some of whom have been convicted of sex  attacks – were like drug addicts going through withdrawal.

‘Most porn addicts get agitated when they’re  deprived of their online sources,’ he said.

‘But one boy from Chicago actually got the  shakes, like a drug abuser. He was in very poor shape when he arrived. He’d been  on his computer 10 to 12 hours a day looking at porn.

‘He wasn’t eating, he was dehydrated, had  poor hygiene. He’d done nothing but watch porn.’

He is adamant that his school’s regime is the  best way for teenagers to begin a life without online porn, and encourages them  to ‘disclose the most shameful stuff’ in an effort to move on from their  past.

Most boys at Oxbow stay for at least a year,  and they frequently graduate high school from the facility, which employs  several qualified teachers.

Mr Schultz believes that the increasing  sexualisation of modern culture means that places like his will become ever more  popular among desperate parents.

‘Sex is everywhere,’ he said. ‘When I was  growing up if someone said they were bisexual it was shocking.

‘Now threesomes and depraved sexual behaviour  is all over the internet, and children see those images before they develop into  adolescents.’

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