Keywords: Pedophilia, Policy

Pedophilia Revisited

Essays on Law, Policy and Psychiatry

Walter, Peter Fritz
Type of WorkIntro to a book, a study on pedophilia

The Making of a Crime for Justifying Lacking Social Policy

Pedophilia Revisited: The Making of a Crime for Justifying Lacking Social Policy (Essays on Law, Policy and Psychiatry, Vol. 7) — 2019 Apple Books Edition — is an extended study on the controversial subject of pedophilia, the sexual love of adults for children — humans who by legal definition are to be considered a ‘child’ for the purposes of criminal law.

This form of love, also called ‘childlove’ by those who feel sexually attracted to children, can be exclusive or non-exclusive, but the author’s research clearly points to the fact that pedophile attraction is not inborn, just as homosexual attraction is not inborn, but a conditioned response.

The study is multi-disciplinary in nature, highlighting the social, sexual, psychological and legal dimension of the problem complex, for arriving at a sound and tenable social policy proposition. The book also reveals a number of the myths that pervade the present public discussion, if there is any at all, with the sobering insight that the response of the public to pedophilia is by no means uniform and monolithic, but can be seen as a matter of various levels of tolerance, based inter alia on various levels of factual information.

The author sees the problem of sexual violence against children mainly as a lack of social policy making in matters of adult-child sexual attraction, as a direct consequence of the lacking political will to socially code these relationships. It is because they are not embraced by a social code that they operate in a kind of ‘free flow’ situation, which always provokes violent, unpredictable and chaotic responses. Hence, the need for arriving eventually at a review of pedophile relations with the lawmaker intending to socially code them and thereby regulate them responsibly.

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