Wow – This week was a big news week in Cleveland. Three girls who have been missing for ten years were found inside a Seymour Avenue home on Cleveland’s west side.
My wife was on the computer and told me the breaking news: ”Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus were both rescued from the same house!” I couldn’t believe it. Being a resident of the greater Cleveland area, I have seen the news stories on the vigils and leads over the years on these two girls who were abducted. Gina and Amanda’s families were vigilant in keeping these girl’s stories alive in the neighborhood and media over the years. If you live in Cleveland you could not help but know the stories of these young ladies.
I was very happy to hear such good news! They were found alive and returned to their families. All three women will need lots of prayers for healing of such trauma they have experienced.
There has been much news this past week on Ariel Castro, the alleged kidnapper and captor. What a normal guy he was to those he interacted with! He was the guy who visited neighborhood barbecues and performed in the local salsa band. Who would have ever suspected the dark side this guy hid from everyone?
I have said to many people that I believe anyone is capable of anything. Story after story, you see people interviewed on the news that say something like – “I never would have suspected this guy was into this.”
Double lives- we can be the church going, civic volunteer on the outside, but inside we hide our demons of sexual addiction and violence. What a dichotomy!
We all do this to some extent. We put on these masks to hide our real feelings, hurt and addictions. Behind closed doors people hide the shame of that person they wish they really weren’t. Sometimes this other person is a polar opposite of who they wish they were, but other times, it is embraced.
Mr. Castro admitted to having a sex addiction which led to his kidnapping and holding these three woman hostage. They were his sex slaves held for his own pleasure. How sick is that?
A guy just doesn’t go out and do this on a whim, he works his way up to doing something as drastic as this. I hypothesize that he was a voracious porn addict that drifted down the addiction trail of increasingly extreme sex acts that he had to take to the outside to keep up that ‘buzz’ that pornography once gave him. (see my post on the progression of porn addiction)
I would say that he started with pornography and worked his way up to the point where he needed extreme sex to satisfy his cravings. As the news keeps coming out, I would be really surprised if they don’t find any pornography in this guy’s house and on his computer. Not just ‘normal’ porn, but extreme stuff such as children and animals.
Let’s see if my suspicions are correct. Even if they prove to be untrue, this should serve as a warning to pornography addicts out there. You never know how far you will go with this addiction until you can’t turn back and have gone too far. Don’t let this happen to you.