Pedophiles: The Facts You Need To Know
We fear them. We have nightmares about our kids being their victims. We need to know who and where they are so we can monitor them and protect ourselves.
They are the predators among us, the child molesters who make headlines almost every day. To protect your family from them, you need solid information:
What is pedophilia?
According to Psychology Today, pedophilia is defined as "the fantasy or act of sexual activity with prepubescent children. Pedophiles are usually men, and can be attracted to either or both sexes." Pedophilia is a form of paraphilia, which is a wider term for abnormal or unnatural attraction.1
Is there a pedophile "profile"?
Pedophiles can come in any shape, socio-economic group, race or gender. While there's no standard, agreed-upon "profile" of a pedophile, certain characteristics seem to occur across the pedophile population. For one thing, each pedophile tends to gravitate toward a specific age group; some prefer very young children (5 to 10 years old), while others are attracted to pre-teen adolescents. Child molesters also tend to interact poorly with adults; they find it easier to connect with children, who are less mature emotionally.
Although no scientific causes of pedophilia have been identified, one theory supposes that it's a genetic disorder. Another theory suggests that pedophiles were sexually abused as children themselves and transform from victim to predator as adults. One offshoot of this theory also suggests that pedophiles believe that they're actually helping children by acting on their impulses, either by furthering their development or simply by giving children pleasure. At the same time, though, pedophiles usually tell their victims not to report the incident to their parents or anyone else, which suggests that pedophiles know that what they're doing is wrong.
How widespread is the problem of child predators?
It's difficult to get solid data about the incidence of child molestation because many victims are too afraid or ashamed to report sexual abuse. Psychology Today estimates that 20 percent of American children have been sexually molested.1 Others estimate that one in three girls and one in four boys in this country are sexually abused before the age of 18.2 Whatever the true numbers are, even one incident of pedophilia is one too many.
How young are the victims of child molesters?
According to the FBI, more than two-thirds (67%) of all victims of sexual assault reported to law enforcement are juveniles under the age of 18 — with one in seven victims under the age of 6.
It gets worse: More than a third of all sexual assaults involved a victim under the age of 12. Most alarmingly, one in four sexual assault victims who experienced forcible sodomy or sexual assault with an object were age 5 or younger.3
How can I find pedophiles who might be living near me?
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