The impact of pedosexual contacts
There are clear differences between public opinion and scientific
research. Only one point seems to be correct in the public opinion:
there are significant correlations between various negative
impact and sexual abuse. But correlation is not cause, and
significant does not mean the effect is great.
Rind et.al. 1998)
- The effect size is much lower: CSA
accounts only for 0.49% of the adjustment variability for males and
1.00% for females. For comparison, family envorionment accounted for
- There is a correlation between sexual abuse and adverse family
neglect). Therefore, every impact caused
by these other types of abuse and neglect leads to correlation between
sexual abuse and this impact.
- This explains an essential part of the correlation between
sexual abuse and impact. Many significant correlations disappear if
family environment and other abuse is
- An essential part of pedosexual relations, especially with boys,
- The remaining impact depends on the
quality of the relation (use of force, incest), but much less (not
significantly) on sexual variables (duration, frequency, penetration).
My thesisis that the main cause of
impact is the trauma caused by unwanted, uncontrollable, unpredictable
If this thesis is correct, the following predictions should be
- Unwanted sexual contacts have negative impact, independent of
the age of the prepetrator.
- Comparison with other types of abuse:
Physical abuse has comparable negative impact. It seems reasonable to
assume that the type of negative impact may be different for different
types of abuse.
- There is no comparable negative
impact of volitional pedosexual contacts.
- Comorbidity: There should be high
comorbidity between different types of negative impact (different
diseases) especially with PTSD.
In the following files, we compare these predictions with research
Let's start with the results collected by David Finkelhor:
Aim of This Research
For me, the aim of this research is not only to verify, that there are
really no results which establish harm caused by consensual experiences
(this has been done already by other
researchers), but to allow you to verify this by yourself without going
into the library.
I hope, this will be useful not only for people who want to find out if
and which harm may be caused by consensual sexual relations, but also by
others, like victims of real child abuse who want to find information about
possible lasting effects.
I recognize that I have a personal bias - I'm not interested in finding
results which show damage caused by consensual sexual experiences. To
minimize the influence of this bias on the results, I try to include a lot
of the text of the original, and at least the abstract of every relevant
paper. This requires a lot of time, much more than simply to verify for
myself that there are no "critical" results in a given paper. That's why at
the current moment only a small number or papers has been included. But I
have not "selected" between "good" and "bad" papers. I know, I cannot prove
this until I have included them all, but I hope you believe me in this
There is a lot of literature in this domain, and I have not so much
time as I want to spend for this. But already at the current state it
seems possible to summarize:
- Negative outcome was found for real sexual abuse, not for consensual
sexual experiences. There are studies considering consensual sexual
experiences as abuse too, and they have found negative outcome too, but this
negative outcome may be explained also assuming that only the nonconsensual
experiences have contributed to the negative outcome.
- The negative outcome is often correlated with other traumatic
childhood experiences too. This gives evidence that it is the
traumatic aspect (which is nearly absent in undetected consensual
experiences) and not the sexual one which causes the correlation.
- Moreover, the correlation with sexual abuse is comparable with
the correlation to such other negative childhood experiences. Thus, a
detailed analysis may simply show that the correlation between (real)
sexual abuse and other forms of abuse or childhood trauma may be
sufficient to cause the correlation with sexual abuse (f.e. Rorty et al. 1994)
Negative outcome is mostly found only for women. Considering the fact
that coercion and violence is much more common in man/girl relationships
compared with man/boy relationships, this gives additional evidence that
only the nonconsensual experiences cause the problems.