Twelve Facts About Pedophiles

Psychiatry Online has republished “A Profile of Pedophilia: Definition, Characteristics of Offenders, Recidivism, Treatment Outcomes, and Forensic Issues” by Ryan Hall and Richard Hall which first appeared in Mayo Clinic Proceedings in 2007. It is a literature review of professional quality but in accessible language. It is well worth reading in its entirety. I have pulled out a few quotes I found particularly noteworthy

  1. Pedophiles usually report that their attraction to children begins around the time of their puberty or adolescence, but this sexual attraction to children can also develop later in life.
  2. When compared with rapists and sexual sadists, pedophiles comprise 60% of all older offenders, indicating that pedophiles offend in their later years at a greater rate than other sexual offenders.
  3. Generally, pedophiles do not use force to have children engage in these activities but instead rely on various forms of psychic manipulation and desensitization (eg, progression from innocuous touching to inappropriate touching, showing pornography to children).
  4. Typically, pedophiles engage in fondling and genital manipulation more than intercourse, with the exceptions occurring in cases of incest, of pedophiles with a preference for older children or adolescents, and when children are physically coerced.
  5. From federal data on sexual crimes, females were reported to be the “molester” in 6% of all juvenile cases.
  6. In a study by Abel and Harlow (15) of 2429 adult male pedophiles, only 7% identified themselves as exclusively sexually attracted to children.
  7. A study by Abel et al. (32) found that heterosexual pedophiles on average reported abusing 19.8 children and committing 23.2 acts, whereas homosexual pedophiles had abused 150.2 children and committed 281.7 acts. These studies confirm law enforcement reports about the serial nature of the crime, the large number of children abused by each pedophile, and the underreporting of assaults (1).
  8. Federal data show that 27% of all sexual offenders assaulted family members.
  9. Studies and case reports indicate that 30% to 80% of individuals who viewed child pornography and 76% of individuals who were arrested for Internet child pornography had molested a child (1, 21).
  10. Pedophiles often intentionally try to place themselves in a position where they can meet children and have the opportunity to interact with children in an unsupervised way, such as when babysitting, doing volunteer work, doing hobbies, or coaching sports (5, 7, 9, 27, 36, 50).
  11. Pedophilic abuse is often not reported for a variety of reasons ranging from fear (eg, worried about not being believed, will be physically harmed if child reports abuse), emotional reasons (needy child identifies with the pedophile), or guilt (feels responsible for what happened) (6).
  12. No treatment for pedophilia is effective unless the pedophile is willing to engage in the treatment. Individuals can offend again while in active psychotherapy, while receiving pharmacologic treatment, and even after castration (17). Currently, much of the focus of pedophilic treatment is on stopping further offenses against children rather than altering the pedophile’s sexual orientation toward children.


2 thoughts on “Twelve Facts About Pedophiles

  1. Stop confusing us with the facts.
    Besides which, the above pertains to goyim, not to klal Yisroel.
    A Yid just has to say he’s done teshuva and all should be forgiven.
    If he says he won’t engage in such behavior again, we should take him at his word–especially if he is a rav, has a black yarmulka (velvet preferred, but cloth acceptable), a scraggly beard, Oreo outfit (black pants, white shirt–stained or not stained), and/or somewhat of a pot belly; also, if he uses ‘frum’ words t key moments, that is another sign he is erlich and should be believed., .
    A child who says certain aveiros happened is probably just making it up or trying to get the distinguished rav / camp counselor / rebbe / teacher / coach / neighbor in trouble. What a disgusting child to even talk about such things.
    A shanda.

    • 5t resident, you are so right, busha cherpa and a shanda, a 10 year old making up stories about a beloved rav. the kid probably does not even have the vocabulary or understanding to know the words to describe what happened to him. . evil evil ten year olds. how the heck did ortho jews get to the point that their children are so evil? yeshu fn x, did this shxx go on over last 100 years? last 1000 years? did children of our patriarchs get abused? maybe even by their parents? or did they just fn lie and claim that stuff was being done to them, that they did not understand????
      Children are indeed owned by their parents. Sin and crime in the tanach, so very widespread, if really authored by Hashem, why tf did he want us to read about such awful things. very very naive question, and obviously i am not yeshiva trained nor brainwashed, either. . however, , no one has ever answered it, so it can’t be so fn stupid.

      Ma yomru bein hagoyim???? We jews better just shut up, and tell our kids, that it is their imagination…..rabbi x,y, and z are so very well respected, chas v’chalilah to spread such rechilut, narishkeit, evil evil 10 year olds.
      50 years later on a shrink couch, efshar even an ortho shrink couch…
      makes me fn ill. protect the bearded tefillin bearing holy men. and so it goes on, generation after generation..

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