A response to Virtuous Pedophiles Exist
Nick Devin and Ethan Edwards (founders of Virtuous Pedophiles)
Thank you so very much for pointing out the very important distinction between pedophiles and child molesters. Pedophiles are universally reviled, because people mistakenly believe that all pedophiles are either child molesters or are fated to become child molesters. This is simply not true. No one chooses to be sexually attracted to children, and pedophiles can’t stop being sexually attracted to children, but many can and do successfully resist their attractions.
This hatred has its costs, both to children and to non-offending pedophiles themselves. Many pedophiles don’t seek professional help because of the shame involved in admitting to therapists that they are sexually attracted to children. Think how many cases of abuse would be avoided if pedophiles who were dedicated to resisting their attractions were treated with sympathy and respect, and were therefore more willing to seek professional help in order to remain law-abiding. And think of the cost to non-offending pedophiles themselves. Many are depressed, and even suicidal, because of sexual thoughts that they didn’t choose but are able to successfully resist.
Imagine for a moment that it was your child who was unfortunate enough to be attracted to children. According to leading scientists, there is approximately one percent chance of this happening no matter how good a parent you may be. What would you want for your child? Would you want him or her to be alone, full of self-hate, forced to bear this burden without help? Or instead, would you want your child to be treated with sympathy and respect, to have access to help so your child could live a happy, productive and law-abiding life?
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