What is Different about Child Abusers
Common sense suggests that child abusers must be very different y from "normal" people. Similar thinking leads to research into common factors among paedophiles that might give insight into the reasons why they offend. Several major contenders vie for consideration as the special "paedophile" ingredient. The list includes cycles of abuse, the homophobic view that these are rampant gays, inadequate family backgrounds, offenders' pathological (or pathetic) personalities and men doing what men are good at -- abusing power .
Non of these simplistic views of paedophilia has any more than qualified support from research. That is not to say that there are not peculiar men who offend against children, merely that a single common denominator has yet to be found. It is necessary to assess how far such broad explanations provide an answer to the question, "why paedophilia?"; this chapter takes an especially close look at the childhood sexualization of paedophiles.