What can be done about pedophilia?
by vincentrobert on March 30, 2016 - 10:44pm
In the article "What Can Be Done About Pedophilia" written by Alice Dreger and published in The Atlantic on August 26th, 2013 (http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/08/what-can-be-done-about...), the author asks an international expert on pedophilia basic and simple questions people usually ask about this disorder. The author also tries to see how this are can be improved. David Goldberg first tells the journalist about what pedophilia actually means and tells her that there is a difference between actual child molestation and pedophilia, as a pedophilic person may not molest a child but will stay celibate for his entire life. He also talks about the fact that pedophiles are scared to go see a psychologist or a specialist since they think that they are going to be reported to the authorities, and also that you cannot stop someone from being a pedophile as it has never been done in clinics and people affected by this problem can only take medication or learn how to self-control. It is caused by an atypical wiring in the brain. The expert also says that "[t]hinking of pedophilia as an innate characteristic that a person did not choose and cannot change can go a very long way in helping society come to a rational response to the problem - one that can help prevent molestation of children". Early detection has to be put in place so that prevention can be ensured before first offenses, as only 10-15% of them will commit such actions. Treatment is extremely difficult.