One group known as Virtuous Pedophiles is actively against adult-child sexual acts.
This quote from the group’s home page sums up what many members of the community feel.
“I’m a 20-year-old man who has been trying to deal with an attraction to young girls since I was 13. Women just don’t interest me. I wish with all my soul that I could have a brain that’s wired normally.
I know that I can never act on what I feel, but I need to speak to a therapist because I don’t think I can get through this on my own. But if I talk to a therapist he could report me, because I have to talk about my attraction to young girls.
I don’t know whether he would or not and don’t even know how to go about getting more information.
Even the friendships I have are in danger of falling apart because I can’t just keep saying ‘I’m fine’ and I can’t talk to anyone about my problem. I think about suicide a lot.”
Conservatives seem to be outraged by the psychology community’s attempt to understand brain wiring on these issues. They feel that any attempt to characterize pedophilia as something you’re born with would start society towards a mainstream acceptance of what is currently a criminal act.
Liberals like Kaplan hold that sexual abuse could be prevented before it happens if society made more effort to support pedophiles. But is this line of thought one of those “the road to hell is paved with good intentions” sort of things?
What do you think, readers? Should America change how it looks at those who identify sexually with pedophilia, even to the point of decriminalizing the act, or would it be morally irresponsible to do so? Share your thoughts in the comments section.