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Utah's "Porn School," Oxbow Academy, is a rigorous rehab for adolescent boys with sexual compulsions.

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By Fionna Agomuoh

06/18/12

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In a last-ditch effort to save their sons from addiction to pornography, some parents are opting to send them to Oxbow Academy in Wales, Utah. The $9,000-a-month military boot camp-style facility aims to tackle teenage boys' sexual behavioral issues—including porn addiction, voyeurism and assaulting other children. Oxbow takes in boys aged between between 13 and 17, and offers extensive counseling as well as continued academic schooling. Some extra-curricular activities, like horseback riding and music therapy, are also available, but most of the students' free time is focused on schoolwork and chores. Phones and internet use are (as you might expect) generally banned at Oxbow—with all websites blocked from the school's computers except online encyclopedias. According to Oxbow's director, Stephen Schultz, society is becoming ever more "sexualized," contributing to an increase in compulsive sexual behavior. Porn addiction is Oxbow's largest treatment category, earning the academy its nickname: Porn School. "Threesomes and depraved sexual behavior is all over the internet, and children see those images before they develop into adolescents," says Schultz. Some of the boys apparently even experience withdrawal symptoms upon entering the facility. "One boy from Chicago actually got the shakes, like a drug abuser," says Schultz. "He was in very poor shape when he arrived. He'd been on his computer 10 to 12 hours a day looking at porn." 

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