There are many forms of this addiction including multiple affairs, sometimes anonymous, exhibitionism, voyeurism, compulsive masturbation, as well as rape and sexual abuse of children.
Addicts have often experienced radically disordered or unhappy childhoods, where they have been starved of love and affection. Some research indicates that 60 percent were abused by someone in their childhood. Sexual activity of some form or other is adopted as an escape from this unhappiness.
Very encouraging to see our Cardinals speaking so candidly.