Both Vice and Cracked.com have recently released articles downplaying the severity of pedophilia, and claiming that pedophiles who do not physically harm children simply suffer from a “mental disorder.”
The Cracked.com article opens up with potentially the most disgusting way to attempt to justify pedophilia. It claims the the pedophiles don’t actually harm anyone, and that they are only looking at images, claiming “a pedophile is someone attracted to prepubescent children, while a child molester is someone who sexually abuses them.”
What the article fails to acknowledge in that first sentence is that in many cases the pedophiles are “just looking” at children who are being abused. As the story noted, a write for the site named Pam research and found “a shitload of people dedicated to raping and victimizing children and also finding new ways to do it.”
“The difference between pedophilia and child molestation is a conversation that absolutely nobody wants to have. It’s depressing enough to contemplate people being sexually attracted to children without getting into which model of windowless van they prefer. But they say knowledge is power, so let’s power up.A pedophile is someone attracted to prepubescent children, while a child molester is someone who sexually abuses them. Although not every pedophile will molest a child, most of them look at child pornography, which obviously hurts the children forced to participate in it. Unfortunately, demand is high. To understand this problem better, we reached out to one of the consumers. We spoke to “Charlie,” who’s been arrested twice for possession of child pornography. He’s not looking for sympathy, or trying to play the victim.”
The author of the story, Cezary Jan Strusiewicz, attempts to justify pedophilia by interviewing a convicted pedophile named “Charlie.” While the author initially tries to play it off as “an addiction,” he later writes, “Remember, calling child porn an addiction doesn’t justify it; it only helps us understand the problem better, and it may even help us find a way to stop non-offending pedophiles from ditching that vital prefix.”
Strusiewicz then claimed that “pedophilia is most likely hardwired in the brain.” In a section of the story titled, “The Sex Offender Registry Is Bizarre and Somewhat Arbitrary,” he writes:
“Charlie had no hand in making child pornography. He didn’t personally know the kids in the stuff he watched. He got it randomly off the web. This, however, complicated things when the state was determining his sex offender level. It was decided by a number of points. You would get X amount of points, depending on the age of the victim. The lower it was, the more points you got. And the more points you got, the more trouble you were in.”
The next heading takes the cake with “Overall, We Don’t Know Much About Child Porn, Addiction, And Pedophilia.” Are you kidding me? At this point, I wanted to smash my expensive 144Hz monitor after reading this, but I decided that would be counter-productive. So I continued reading, “Sometimes, the best way to solve a problem is to examine the root cause of it. But in this case, the root cause is massively depressing and examining it makes you want to die.”
“As of now, Charlie is keeping his affliction in check. ‘I can honestly say that this is the first time in my life that I am not looking at child porn, and I feel great. My life is looking up. I’m not depressed, and I don’t hate myself as much as I used to.’ But like with any addiction, it’s still on his mind, and will probably be there forever. I know that if I looked at it again, even once, then I’d be on the fast track to prison, and I’d go through the same cycle over again.”
Oh, a happy ending! The pedophile finally broke free and stopped watching child porn after the author spent a decent part of the article trying to justify it.
Other articles from Cracked.com that make me want to smash my monitor include “5 Ways We Misunderstand Pedophilia (That Makes it Worse)” and “5 Things I Learned Infiltrating Deep Web Child Molesters.”
The of the story, “5 Things I Learned Infiltrating Deep Web Child Molesters” had a little more common sense, that is until I read the following. Then I lost it and almost went full Hillary Clinton on my monitor:
“You have to learn to disassociate your thinking of pedophilia with hurting or abusing children. You have been brought up to, not talk to strangers etc when you was a child because your parents who think pedos hurt children passed that idea on to you & now your mind is confused …The truth is, some people do hurt children but the majority of pedophiles (paedophile is latin for child lover — paed=child & phile=love) love children and would not hurt them or harm them in any way.”
“We’ve actually encountered this ourselves, by the way. After we did the aforementioned article with the pedophiles who were trying to undergo treatment to stop, some lovely soul tweeted to us an earnest defense of child molestation based around two key points of indestructible logic:A) Children have sex with each other!
B) Pedophilia means “child friend.” No, really!”
This is another way of saying they rape their children and convince them that they’re enjoying it. “She makes her own videos of that,” says Pam, “and she’s one of the (according to her) biggest child pornographers in her area. I don’t know where that area is because they are very tight-lipped about where they’re located.”
“But not all people who commit sexual offenses against children are pedophiles. In fact, according to studies, between 40 to 75 percent are not. When it comes to child porn, however, closer to 80 percent are pedophiles.”
“There are people who are pedophilic, they know they’re attracted to children, and never touch a child, never download any kind of child pornography, they never break any kind of law,” says James Cantor, a Toronto-based clinical psychologist and sexual behavior scientist who has been studying pedophilia for 20 years.It also works the other way around. There are people who are child molesters, they actually committed crimes and victimized someone even though they sexually prefer adults.” These people are sometimes referred to as surrogate sex offenders, Cantor explains, who use children to replace an adult sexual partner.”
“She would take her clothes off and run through the house,” he says. “That girl was the only time in my life that I faced real temptation.”
I think that says it all.