Victor Cline

Victor Cline

Victor B. Cline is a University of California, Berkeley Ph D in Psychology, a research scientist with the George Washington University’s Human Resources Research Office, and a Emeritus Professor in Psychology at the University of Utah. His private clinical practice is in Salt Lake City, Utah.[1]



Victor Cline is involved with multiple family-oriented organizations, such as Marriage and Family Enrichment (which he co-founded) and The Lighted Candle Society.[2] Cline's research area is on sex addiction, especially topics pertaining to pornography.[3] Cline is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist specializing in marital and family counseling and the treatment of sexual compulsions and addictions. He also works with the victims of sexual abuse and sexual assault. Cline is also a behavioral scientist with publications in the area of “media and pornography effects.” As a practitioner, he has involved in the treatment of sexual addicts or compulsives including many pedophiles and their victims.[1][4]

Due to his studies on the effects of pornography, Cline has been utilized as an expert witness in court cases and by the US Judiciary Committee.[5][6][7] Cline's opinion was requested by the Commission on Child Online Protection, which is associated with San Jose State University. Cline provided the following testimony:[1]

"I find that the use of child pornography in time desensitizes the viewer to its pathology no matter how aberrant or disturbing. It becomes acceptable and preferred. The man always escalates to more deviant material, and the acting out continues and escalates despite very painful consequences such as destruction of the family, loss of spouse, children, job, health, or incarceration after committing criminal acts."

According to Cline, pornography can plunge a person into the pornography cycle of addiction, escalation, desensitization and acting out sexually. The cost of addiction includes "divorce, loss of family and problems with the law," and it escalates so that the addict requires more deviancy in order to get a "high" or "sexual turn-on."[8][9]



  1. ^ a b c "Victor Cline, Ph.D." (PDF). 
  2. ^ "Group trying to snuff out porn" (fee required). The Deseret News. May 13, 2004. Retrieved April 29, 2010. 
  3. ^ "An addiction to porn can be overcome, psychologist says, Web has increased the availability of lewd materials". The Deseret News. February 8, 2001. Retrieved April 29, 2010. 
  4. ^ Cline, Victor B. (April 1999). "Treatment & Healing of Pornographic and Sexual Addictions". Retrieved 2008-10-08. "In over 25 years I have treated approximately 350 males afflicted with sexual addictions (sometimes referred to as: sexual compulsions). In about 94% of the cases I have found that pornography was a contributor, facilitator or direct causal agent in the acquiring of these sexual illnesses. Patrick Carnes, the leading U.S. researcher in this area, also reports similar findings. In his research on nearly 1000 sex addicts as reported in his "Dan 't Call it Love", he stated: "Among all addicts surveyed 90% of the men and 77% of the women reported pornography as significant to their addiction."" 
  5. ^ For 1977 Florida Trail see : Szasz, Thomas Stephen (1990). Sex by prescription. Syracuse University Press. pp. 130–131. ISBN 9780815602507. 
  6. ^ Luce, Ron (2005). Battle Cry for a Generation: The Fight to Save America's Youth. David C. Cook. p. 101. ISBN 9780781442671. 
  7. ^ For details on 1996 testimony at US Judiciary Committee see:Akdeniz, Yaman (2008). Internet child pornography and the law: national and international responses. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.,. pp. 98. ISBN 9780754622970. 
  8. ^ Eggleston, Terry (2007). he Corinthian Syndrome. Xulon Press. pp. 31–32. ISBN 9781602665804. 
  9. ^ Hagelin, Rebecca (2005). Home invasion: protecting your family in a culture that's gone stark raving mad. Thomas Nelson Inc. pp. 40–41. ISBN 9781595550071. 

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