Oct. 8, 2014

NYT Op-Ed Defends Pedophilia

“Pedophilia: A Disorder, Not a Crime” read the headline in a New York Times op-ed this week. Margo Kaplan undertook to explain: “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.” Assaulting a child is an evil act that needs no defense couched in the caring terms of liberal understanding. More…

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