Olympic star: Porn Addiction almost killed me

Newstalk ZB 6 March 2016
A New Zealand Olympic medalist has revealed a pornography addiction – and is now speaking out about his two and a half years pornography-free.

Nick Willis said he had struggled on “a rollercoaster ride of shame and justification” since he was a teenager.

He said his pornography addiction was on and off, and it wasn’t until he realised the implications it had on his marriage, and his ability to be a father, that he could finally break free.

The mid-distance runner made the announcement on social media, quoting an article about what it means to be ‘pro-sex’ and ‘anti-porn’.

Family First director and anti-pornography advocate Bob McCoskrie said people who admit and talk about a harmful addiction can actually help others who may be going through a similar struggle.

“They’re actually bringing a reality check to what pornography is really about and I think that as a society, we’re starting to go down that track finally.”

Mr McCoskrie said it’s very brave of a sports star to admit to a porn addiction, and he commended Willis for speaking out.

“His relationships and his family will be better for the fact he’s fronted up to the problem and wants to see it solved.”
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Olympic star Nick Willis’ struggle with porn addiction
NZ Herald 6 March 2016
Olympic silver medallist Nick Willis says the strength of his wife helped him beat an addiction threatening their relationship and his ability to be a father.

In an exclusive interview with the Herald on Sunday, the champion 32-year-old middle distance runner has opened up on his obsession with pornography and his shame in dealing with it.

Talking last night, the Rio Olympics-bound runner credited his wife of eight years, Sierra, for beating his dependence.

“Sierra showed a great amount of grace with me,” Willis said.

“We decided to beat it together. We talked openly about the issues of sex trafficking, abuse of women, objectification of women and accessibility of pornography for young people on cell phones.

“Getting this topic out of my secret life out into the open, and talking, talking, talking has been the biggest impact in breaking the cycle.”

Family First director and anti-pornography advocate Bob McCoskrie said people who admit and talk about a harmful addiction could actually help others who may be going through a similar struggle.

“They’re actually bringing a reality check to what pornography is really about and I think that as a society, we’re starting to go down that track finally.”

Mr McCoskrie said it’s very brave of a sports star to admit to a porn addiction and he commended Mr Willis for speaking out.

“His relationships and his family will be better for the fact he’s fronted up to the problem and wants to see it solved.”
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Olympic star Nick Willis on the real victims of his pornography addiction – Women
NZ Herald 7 March 2016
Fresh from breaking his silence about his pornography addiction, Olympian Nick Willis now wants to shift the public’s focus to the sexual exploitation of women.

In a post on his Facebook page, Willis said: “Traffickers force girls into pornography for psychological control.

“I think it is extremely important to shift the focus of this issue to the real victims, the women and girls who are being exploited because of the high demand for porn.

“Even if someone thinks there’s no harm for themselves in viewing a little porn here and there (despite the extensive research that refutes this), there are real victims being exploited to provide that viewing content.”

Family First director and anti-pornography advocate Bob McCoskrie said people who admit and talk about a harmful addiction could actually help others who may be going through a similar struggle.

“They’re actually bringing a reality check to what pornography is really about and I think that as a society, we’re starting to go down that track finally.”

Mr McCoskrie said it’s very brave of a sports star to admit to a porn addiction and he commended Mr Willis for speaking out.

“His relationships and his family will be better for the fact he’s fronted up to the problem and wants to see it solved.”
READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11601256

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