'Sex addiction' does not exist (or excuse sexual abuse) - Dr Eve

There is a trend of sexual abusers, such as disgraced Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein, coming forward claiming to be addicted to sexual activity.

However, clinical sexologist Dr Eve argues that there is no such thing as sexual addiction.

In fact, sex addiction is not officially listed in the psychiatric bible of diagnosable disorders, the DSM-5.

Read: Why there's no such thing as a sex addict (according to Dr Eve)

Dr Eve says that using the incorrect label "sex addict" stigmatises anyone who deviates from the heteronormative model of sexuality.

Many people have feelings, urges and behaviors that don't fit into the heteronormative model of sexuality or acceptable sexual behaviour. They are shamed for that.

Dr Eve, clinical sexologist

She advises that sex addiction has become a label reserved for privileged men to excuse and avoid responsibility for sexual misconduct.

Also read: 10 misconceptions about sex that thwart consent (and some complicated scenarios)

She explains that out of control sexual behaviour is often about other psychological factors affecting individuals.

According to Dr Eve, some people use sex as an escape from addressing difficult feelings and mental thoughts.

Out of control sexual behaviour has very little to do with sex.

Dr Eve, clinical sexologist

She adds that sexual abusers (who are most often men) use sex a form of power to enact violence upon others.

Visit Dr Eve's website to learn more.

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