Aug 26 2013, 9:05 AM ET
"The most important thing I've discovered in the 15 months since my arrest isn't the why, but rather what can be done to change the preconceptions and misconceptions that society has when it comes to pedophiles. Most people hear that word and think of the Jerry Sanduskys and abusive Catholic priests of the world. Fewer people think about the millions who grapple with sexual feelings on which they can never act. When someone hears the word “pedophile”, they immediately think of a child molester. Yet the majority of pedophiles do not molest, but instead spend hours looking at child pornography."
Aug 26 2013, 9:42 AM ET
What Can Be Done About Pedophilia?
Is it reasonable to be afraid that, if we recognize pedophilia as a sexual orientation, we will have to consider it socially acceptable?
"It is reasonable for questions of social acceptability to be directed at behaviors. People are responsible for their behaviors, not their thoughts or sexual attractions. For example, we very readily acknowledge that a typical heterosexual man will, while just walking down the street, find some women sexually attractive. We would not, however, conclude it is socially acceptable for him to coerce any of those women into sex. Thinking of pedophilia as an innate characteristic that a person did not choose and cannot change can go a very long way in helping society come to a rational response to the problem—one that can help prevent molestation of children."
The Atlantic, for those interested - James Cantor
Judging evil [sic] : what if pedophilia [sic] is an “orientation”?
Judging evil [sic]: Do pedophiles [sic] have free will?
Concerning pedophiles [sic]
Pedophiles [sic] Need Help More Than Handcuffs
Are Some Men Born Pedophiles? New Science Says Yes, But Sexologists Say Not So Fast
Not All Statutory Rapists Are Pedophiles [duh]