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After Jacob, work harder to prevent child sexual abuse [Commentary]

This week, the nation finally learned the truth of the kidnapping, sexual assault and murder of Jacob Wetterling at the hands of ____ ____ (“Jacob’s killer gives detailed confession,” Sept 7). Upon hearing the harrowing details, we wept, knowing Jacob’s final moments were filled with fear, pain and pleading. We learned that the man who killed Jacob had previously kidnapped and assaulted another boy, Jared Scheierl. We raged, knowing that for 27 years ____ enjoyed a freedom he did not deserve and, we hope, will never again possess. Full Commentary

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Although I see a problem with the unrealistic assumption that we can eliminate any and all vice, the punishment option has become so overused as to be part of the problem.

I agree with this article. If I had somebody to talk about my problem years ago without fear of prosecution I may be in a whole different place right now . And that’s a good place. In my situation it was a mental problem it had absolutely nothing to do with power and lust like they think . For some stupid reason in my mind I found teenagers sexy I have now learned to control that feeling. Thank god.

Frankly, if they are honest, most men will find teenagers attractive, but I think most of it is born of sexual repression. Our society doesn’t formally discuss how sex is a part of the human experience, and we leave it to chance, being afraid of it. Living in a society means developing an empathy towards others, yet the society has to recognize the prevalence of basic desires, instead of burying it behind monster myths. It should give the population the chance, the assistence and the means to make better decisions.

I don’t think any evidence could be found for repression being a ’cause’ for hebephilia.

It’s what you call ‘normative’ human sexuality, just not one that is congruent with contemporary social restrictions. If anything, repression is the RESPONSE to that naturalistic range of attraction within constrained social contours.

I’m not, however, taking an advocacy position on its advisability (hebephilia) but simply stating what appears to be a consensus view of experts. Indeed, expression of hebephilia within a contemporary context is undoubtedly fraught with peril for all of its participants, proving the point that society makes all of the difference in outcomes in its choice to reward or to withhold its support from human relationships.

However, serious academicians are not generally inclined to reward society’s prejudices at the expense of their own scholarship. Attempts to include hebephilia within the DSM-V were met with howls of derision from within the academy and its inclusion was rejected; a triumph of reason over prejudice.

Karen Franklin has written a great deal about this.

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