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Porn: Not just a guy problem, some women do it too

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A review of "Dirty Girls Come Clean" by Crystal Renaud (Moody Press, Chicago)

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Just the thought that young girls and women could be hooked on pornography is mind-blowing enough; but to actually read first person accounts of young girls and women speaking out about their own sexual addiction is an eye-opener. A well kept, dirty little secret is finally out of the bag. Women engage in, and even act upon their sexual fantasies just like men do. This is more than just girls gone wild.

Author Crystal Renaud, a former "bad girl" herself, details in her book, Dirty Girls Come Clean, how she became addicted to sex and pornography when she was just 10 years old. A "dirty" magazine accidentally left in the bathroom by her older brother fueled her adolescent curiosity about all things concerning sex. Renaud's heightened curiosity would draw her even more deeply into the darker world of pornography. She was not only obsessed, she was hooked.

I soon (and rather quickly) discovered that pornography was everywhere. And it was easily accessible virtually anywhere I went. Leaving absolutely no stone unturned, I engaged in pornography on television, in movies, and eventually on the Internet.

Renaud, admittedly a Christian, would remain faithful to her addiction for nine years. Renaud's bottom hit the rock when she found herself in a cold, dingy hotel room awaiting a sexual encounter with a stranger she'd met over the Internet. You've got to read this book to find out what happened next.

The good news is that Renaud survived her youthful indiscretions and went on to become the founder of Dirty Girl Ministries Inc, which provides women with help, hope and healing from pornography and sexual addiction. Over 2,000 women from all walks of life have sought out DGM's sex addiction counseling and recovery services. It's estimated that Christian women make up about 25 per cent of sexually addicted women but 70 percent of them are ashamed to admit it. In Renaud's book, Dirty Girls Come Clean, former dirty girls find a safe place to bare their souls through their own testimonies of recovery. Dirty Girls Come Clean also outlines a tried and true road to recovery for those experiencing sexual addiction, and makes it uncompromisingly clear that full recovery is only possible when Jesus Christ is at the center.

If you or someone you suspect is suffering from sexual addiction, help is available. Share this article or better yet, get a copy of Dirty Girls Come Clean for someone you love. Dirty Girls Come Clean is available at Amazon.com or from Moody Press publishers.

Note: A complimentary review copy of Dirty Girls Come Clean was provided to this reviewer by the publisher.

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