Here's an interesting, in depth article on paedophilia :
Many researchers taking a different view of pedophilia - latimes.com
It argues thatThe best estimates are that between 1% and 5% of men are pedophiles, meaning that they have a dominant attraction to prepubescent children.
Other pedophiles are "good people who are struggling," said Dr. Fred Berlin, a psychiatrist who heads the Johns Hopkins Sexual Behaviors Consultation Unit. "They're tortured souls fighting like heck not to do this. We do virtually nothing in terms of reaching out to these folks. We drive it underground."
- Paedophilia isn't a disease, instead a sexuality just like say heterosexuality
- Many paedophiles never act out on their impulses
And suggests solutions:
In an attempt to change that, sex researchers in Germany launched an unusual media campaign in 2005.
"You are not guilty because of your sexual desire, but you are responsible for your sexual behavior," said billboards urging them to contact the Institute of Sexology and Sexual Medicine in Berlin. "There is help! Don't become an offender!"
More than 1,700 men have responded to the print, television and online ads for Project Dunkelfeld — literally "dark field." As of August, 80 had completed a one-year program aimed at teaching them to control their impulses. Some received hormone shots.
Should we change our view of paedophilia in effort to better support non offenders ? This could include
- making computer generated porn legal (it is currently illegal)
- support programmes such as the above