- Jul 2013
Wow, do you really think that refraining from indulging one’s sexual appetites in a particular way necessarily requires "superhuman" strength and resolve? After all, pretty much every culture has a long history of individuals abstaining from sexual relations for various reasons, often spiritual. Not everyone can do it, Lord knows, but many can. In any case it hardly seems well nigh impossible to do, as you appear to be implying here.Maybe MOST pedophiles are super-human and suppress their sexual desires? Wonder why so many go to countries where it's legal to fuck children then.
Let me put it this way: Suppose you found yourself in a situation in which you were sure that your only choices were either to abstain from sexual contact with the object of your desire or else cause significant and maybe permanent harm to that person – and in so doing put yourself at significant risk as well. Given that certainty, do you think you’d be able to control your urges or would you give in and indulge yourself?
I like to think you’d find a way to control yourself, as most people would and do. Not all, certainly, but most...
Actual numbers – and the analysis of those numbers – can be very informative. For example, researchers estimate that the average person in the U.S. knows, as in knows the name of and is at least somewhat acquainted with, somewhere in the range of 300 to 600 other individuals. Estimating the true incidence of pedophilia is rather more difficult; the best answer seems to be “under 5% of the population.” Most researchers seem to have settled on between 1 to 2%. Let’s be conservative and put the number at 0.5% Among other things, these numbers tell us that, odds are, you know at least one person who experiences significant attraction to children, maybe two or three. We all do.
So, do you know anyone who runs off to Thailand, say, a few times a year for a quick get away? Anyone who disappears but no one knows where they go…? I don’t. Of course there’s a lot I don’t know about most of the people I know. But I gotta say, none of my friends or acquaintances stands out as an obvious candidate.
And that’s the point.