Poll How do you feel about pedophiles who don’t act on their sexual desires for moral reasons? (149 votes)
Obviously it goes without saying that having sexual relations with a child is a reprehensible act, but what about individuals who are attracted to children but never act on it because they know it’s wrong (not just because they fear they will be caught)?
I assume there are a great number of pedophiles who hate that they are pedophiles and will try to overcome these feelings and I also assume that many don’t seek professional help because of the understandable stigma that is attached to pedophiles. Does this stigmatisation of feelings then lead to more sex offences as pedophiles who could otherwise be rehabilited are reluctant to admit those feelings?
Pedophilia is essentially a mental disorder which, like any other mental disorder, can affect a great number of otherwise good, normal people. While I fully understand the contempt that these people may be held in, it’s my opinion that trying to be sympathetic and helping them through their struggle is more beneficial to society than condemning them for an involuntary sexual attraction.
Interested to hear your thoughts.
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