As a parent, I can imagine few things more horrific than having my children molested. I rarely had anyone but my husband or I watch them and was always wary of any adult male they came into contact with. I taught them early on about stranger danger and to speak up for themselves.
But as a reader of history and fascinated by all things sexual, I can’t help but ponder how much a part of human nature pedophilia truly is. A recent article in the LA Times brings to light new research on the subject. It is estimated that between 1% and 5% of men are pedophiles, meaning that their central sexual attraction is to prepubescent children. Some experts now view it as a sexual orientation that develops during puberty and does not diminish with adulthood, and is as much a sexual orientation as heterosexuality or homosexuality.
In searching for the causes of pedophilia, researchers now dismiss early childhood abuse since only about one third say they were molested themselves as children. There is new evidence that there are biological roots. Thirty percent of pedophiles are left handed, triple the general rate, they are nearly an inch shorter on average and have a 10-point lower IQ.
Clearly, there is a lot more to learn and I am in no way condoning sexual activities involving children, but I think we need to take a closer look at a behavior that seems to have spanned humankind. To learn more click here.