While it is easy to be horrified by what one man is being accused of when you see headlines in the newspaper about a public figure, school teacher, or even your neighbor, being taken to jail, you can be certain he is not the only man who has been singled out, and accused of been identified as being a child molester.
Incidents of child molesting continue to be front page news. When it occurs in a major company, a public figure, a well thought of sports figure, or a member of your neighborhood, most people get all exercised and demand something be done.
For far too long, the whole focus on preventing child molestation was all about “stranger danger.” Most girls, especially were warned at a very young age to be afraid of strangers. Don’t let them get you. Most of people of a certain age have been told the same thing.
The problem is: child molestation is not about strangers but the people we know: family members, members of our social circle, people in our churches, local professionals and acquaintances in our neighborhood.
It is estimated that 1 in 20 teenage boys and adult men are sexual molesters. One teenage girl or adult women in 3,500 females are sexual molesters.
You can help prevent child molestation by knowing the facts about who molesters are and how and why they prey on children.
Some molesters, a few, are opportunists. They believe the rules that apply to everyone don’t apply to them. They molest children because they feel like it, because they can, with little or no feelings for the harm they may be causing the children.
Others may have a medical or psychological problems that need treatment. When this is the case, part of the treatment means staying away from children.
However, most of the sexual abuse acts against children are perpetrated by men with pedophilia.
Pedophilia is a sexual drive disorder where the man is sexually attracted to children. It is a well known problem within the psychological/psychiatric professions. The features of this disorder are thoroughly described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the standard for the psychological and psychiatric professions.
The primary factors in identifying pedophilia include:
- Sexual arousal, fantasies and sexual behavior with prepubescent children
- Being involved with or aroused by a child for more than six months
- Be at least 16 years old, and at least 5 years older than the child or children he is attracted to.
While this is horrifying information for most parents, only by knowing the facts and being prepared can you help the children you know stay safe.
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