How distributed are pedophile desires?
In this file we collect statements about the distribution of pedophile
desires. They show that
Pedophiliac feelings and desires are much more distributed as usually
The heart of this paper is a survey presented to a sample of 193
college males about pedophilic attraction, fantasies, and urges. A
surprisingly large number (at least 21%) reported that they had some
sexual interest in children, suggesting that the problem of pedophilia
is a lot more common than is believed. About one percent indicated
that the fantasies occurred "very often," or that it was "very likely"
that they would have sex with a child if they knew they wouldn't be
punished or found out.
Paedophilia, the love and sensuous experience of child and
youth, is a normal and universal phenomenon.
The paedophile impulse is present in some form or other in all adults.
During deep analysis paedophiliac fantasies are often
discovered - fantasies of which the patient had been largely or wholly
The majority of adults, women and men, experience some
degree of erotic attraction in the widest sense towards children.
said that the question really was why most adults did not
seek children as sexual partners.
According to my experience, paedophilia constitutes a nearly
normal component of the sexual impulse. Nearly everybody, at times,
detects such thoughts in himself. But they will be rejected,
disclaimed and condemned with all the emotionalism of moral
indignation. Many people of high intellect standing have admitted to
me that sinful thoughts had surprised them while they were looking at
We fail to appreciate the immense degree to which paedophilia is
prevalent among women and men.
There is "a latent desire that may be relatively dormant in
most males universally"
"Arousal patterns previously defined as deviant" i.e. "response to
immature persons" were found in laboratory tests in "normal" adult