WEB Notes: Can you believe this? The headline they wrote probably sounds a bit worse than the article itself. They can call it a disorder if they want too, but that does not open a door where we pat them on the head and say it is okay. It is not okay and it will never be okay. I see these types of articles as a gateway to bridge the gap, just as we saw with homosexuality the last 20 years. We all knew once homosexuality became the okay and accepted thing to do this subject would be next and here we go.
THINK back to your first childhood crush. Maybe it was a classmate or a friend next door. Most likely, through school and into adulthood, your affections continued to focus on others in your approximate age group. But imagine if they did not.
By some estimates, 1 percent of the male population continues, long after puberty, to find themselves attracted to prepubescent children. These people are living with pedophilia, a sexual attraction to prepubescents that often constitutes a mental illness. Unfortunately, our laws are failing them and, consequently, ignoring opportunities to prevent child abuse.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders defines pedophilia as an intense and recurrent sexual interest in prepubescent children, and a disorder if it causes a person “marked distress or interpersonal difficulty” or if the person acts on his interests. Yet our laws ignore pedophilia until after the commission of a sexual offense, emphasizing punishment, not prevention.