Fact-Checking Snopes’ Fact-Check On Pedophilia

Several times, I have contacted Snopes to tell them their fact-checks on pedophilia lack merit. Each time, I have told them that pedophilia is not the sexual abuse of a child, but the sexual attraction to children. Each time I see a new Snopes article discussing pedophilia, they keep making the same mistake. So, what … Continue reading Fact-Checking Snopes’ Fact-Check On Pedophilia

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Do We Keep Fighting For Definitions? Or…

I have long fought the battle of keeping child sexual abuse and the sexual attraction to children separate. I find that when I use terms like “pedophile” and “pedophilia” people invariably get defensive and insist that pedophilia is sexual abuse, and pedophiles sexually abuse children. To suggest otherwise seems to just break some people’s brains. … Continue reading Do We Keep Fighting For Definitions? Or…

Emotions, Labels, Scientists, And Logic

I originally wrote this to explain what is needed in research that focuses on protecting children. Instead, it has become an open letter to the scientific community around a particularly sensitive topic, since I guess that is where my creative juices were at today. Enjoy. Emotional Subjects Can Mean We Avoid Logic But you knew that … Continue reading Emotions, Labels, Scientists, And Logic

What You Do Not Know About Pedophiles Could Spare Children Sexual Abuse

Many, many times our knowledge of something is incomplete. When that happens, we avoid taking an action when we would do so with that knowledge we are missing. We can also take action when we would not do so with that knowledge we lack. Worse, we can take action based entirely on how we feel, … Continue reading What You Do Not Know About Pedophiles Could Spare Children Sexual Abuse

Why Pedophilia And Pedophiles Are Not A Risk To Children

Yes, I just went there, because you see both of these terms all over the news. I get sick of it. No one understands what they mean. You even see “interview with a pedophile” and junk like that, and most of the time, they are talking about a convicted child rapist, not someone with pedophilia, … Continue reading Why Pedophilia And Pedophiles Are Not A Risk To Children