Pedophilia and Deviant Behavior
Sociology of Deviant Behavior
Pikes Peak Community College
August 3, 2014
There exists a group of people possessing what some refer to as a mental disorder, while others refer to it as a personality or behavioral disorder characterized by the urge to have sexual relations with those of a non-consenting age. Initially this paper will examine why exactly this is a deviant behavior. We will then go on to analyze their structural organization. Why people would want membership in such a group will then be scrutinized. An in-depth examination of what causative factors exist that contribute to this form of deviance will then ensue. We will conclude with the various theories of deviance that could further explain the actions of the group. The group known as pedophiliacs is deviant because sexual interactions with those younger than the age of consent is by its own right considered to be a non-consensual encounter. Prepubescent children and teens are not properly informed or physically developed well enough to engage in sexual activity without it having a damaging effects on them mentally, psychologically, and sexually. Many times the direct impact of child sexual abuse is not made manifest until well in to adulthood. Depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, alcohol and or drug abuse, hypertension, obesity, sexually transmitted diseases, lack of trust and marital problems are all more frequent in the demographic of adults who were sexually abused or coerced as children (Child Sexual Abuse I: An Overview). Pedophiles were previously known to be organized under a group known as the “North American Man/Boy Love Association” which was founded in 1978 and used to have regular national meetings (NAMbLA: Who We Are). As of the late 1990s the group either ceased to meet or simply made their meetings more subversive so as to avoid police involvement. In 1995 it was discovered by an undercover police officer that they had over one thousand members. In 1978, police raided a house located in a Boston suburb wherein 24 men were arrested and indicted for running a sex ring where they lured boys between the ages of 8 and 15 into the house and photographed them engaging in sexual activities (Echols, M., 1999). There are other similar subgroups today that mostly focus on internet chat rooms and the production of child pornography which is circulated on the internet. No doubt members of such groups are in them for a source of comradery and acceptance amongst a world that calls the group perverse and deviant. Another reason to join such a group is to rationalize its focus of sexual contact with those who are underage. According to the welcome page on nambla.org, the purpose of the group is to “build understanding and support for such relationships”, to educate the general public on the benevolent nature of man/boy love, and to support the “liberation” of persons of all ages from sexual prejudice and oppression (NAMbLA: Who We Are). Participation in the subgroup of NAMbLA is of course voluntary, but whether or not the choice to be a pedophile is actually a choice, is up for debate. According to James Cantor, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and senior scientist at the Sexual Behaviors Clinic of the Center for Addiction and Mental Health states that there are a number of studies that provide evidence that individuals can actually be born with a psychological predisposition to sexual to children. Professor Cantor states, “Pedophilic men have significantly less white matter, which is the connective tissue that is responsible for communication between different regions in the brain. Pedophiles perform more poorly on various tests of brain function, tend to be shorter in height and are three times more likely to be left-handed or ambidextrous (characteristics that are observable before birth). Although non-biological features may yet turn...
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