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What Drives Women & Children to Porn? SheRecovery Founder Crystal Renaud Day

Our recent podcast episode featured a conversation with Crystal Renaud Day, who spoke about her journey from battling pornography addiction to achieving liberation and empowerment. Crystal is now the driving force behind the ministry She Recovery, dedicated to helping others overcome the same struggle.

Crystal's story begins at a young age, having been exposed to pornography at just ten years old. This exposure spiraled into an addiction that lasted throughout her adolescence. The shame and isolation she felt during this time are feelings that many grappling with addiction can resonate with. Crystal emphasizes that recovery is not about perfection but about progress, viewing it as a climb where every step forward is a victory.


During our discussion, Crystal challenged the notion of identifying oneself as an addict. Instead, she emphasizes the importance of identifying as a blood-bought daughter of Christ. She insists that our identity is not determined by our behaviors or struggles but by our redemption and sanctification in Christ. This perspective, she believes, is vital for those on the path of recovery.

We also delved into the pressing issue of discussing sex with children. Crystal believes that the conversation about sex should be initiated at an age-appropriate level and should not be gender-specific. As someone who was a 16-year-old porn addict with a purity ring, she emphasizes that purity is not just about physical virginity but also about mental and emotional purity. She stresses that the church needs to be more open to having these conversations, as they are instrumental in safeguarding children from premature exposure to pornography.


Our conversation also touched on the healing process of recovery. Crystal shares her own healing journey, including her story of meeting her husband. She mentions that they might have been spared from the temptation of going too far in their relationship if they had gotten married earlier. This openness about her personal struggles and victories serves as an inspiration for others in similar situations.


Crystal's ministry, She Recovery, is making significant strides in providing resources and support for women struggling with pornography addiction. The ministry offers virtual meetings, coaching and counseling services, and a supportive Facebook community. The aim is to let these women know that they are not alone and that there is hope for meaningful, lasting, long-term recovery.


Crystal's journey from addiction to empowerment is a beacon of hope for those struggling with pornography addiction. It's a reminder that recovery is possible, and each person has a unique story to tell, which could potentially bring hope and healing to others.


Bible Verses:

  • Psalm 51:10 - "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me."

  • 2 Corinthians 5:17 - "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!"

Statistics:

  • According to a study by Covenant Eyes, 93% of boys and 62% of girls are exposed to pornography before age 18.

  • The National Center on Sexual Exploitation reports that 1 in 3 porn site visitors are women.



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