There is much more we don’t know, including how many paedophiles there are: 1-2% of men is a widely accepted figure, but Sarah Goode, a senior lecturer at the University of Winchester and author of two major 2009 and 2011 sociological studies on paedophilia in society, says the best current estimate – based on possibly flawed science – is that “one in five of all adult men are, to some degree, capable of being sexually aroused by children”. Even less is known about female paedophiles, thought to be responsible for maybe 5% of abuse against pre-pubescent children in the UK.
Mainly because the definitions are so different.
“Capable of being sexually aroused by” is far too wide a definition to be of any damn use. You would find that 20% of men are capable of being aroused by having underpants that are too tight.
And one could certainly devise scenarios in which 100% of men are capable of being sexually aroused by a child. Stick a man in bed, blindfold, thinking that his inamorata is about to suck on his pee pee and instead of his inamorata substitute one of Tiberius’ little Capri playmates*. You’ll get evidence of sexual arousal there.
The rest of the article is actually very good (I’ve highlighted an insane idea, not a bad part of the piece) and is well worth reading.
“You are not guilty because of your sexual desire, but you are responsible for your sexual behaviour. ”
For convicted abusers, Circles UK aims to prevent reoffending by forming volunteer “circles of support and accountability” around recently released offenders, reducing isolation and emotional loneliness and providing practical help. In Canada, where it originated, it has cut reoffending by 70%, and is yielding excellent results here too. The goal of all treatment, Findlater says, is “people achieving a daily motivation not to cause harm again. Our goal is self-management in the future.”
One minor complaint. This was originally a church led initiative. Would have been nice for that to have been mentioned, even in the Godless Guardian.
* Ermm, OK, they’re going to be pretty worm infested by now but you know what I mean.