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  1. 1. Pedophilia <ul><li>“ love of children” </li></ul><ul><li>By: Shayna Levenson </li></ul>
  2. 2. Textbook Definition <ul><li>Pedophilia is a psychosexual illness and paraphilia that is associated with the thought or act of having sexual relations with children who usually have not yet reached puberty as an adult </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is a pedophile? common misconceptions common misconceptions <ul><li>NOT ALL PEDOPHILES ARE CHILD MOLESTERS-> a pedophile can simply have desires for children they do not act on, while child molesters have committed a crime against the law by engaging in sexual activities with children </li></ul><ul><li>NOT ALL PEDOPHILES ARE MEN-> society is less likely to chastise women for being technical pedophiles because it is seen as more consentual or a right of passage for the abused male </li></ul><ul><li>PEDOPHILES ARE NOT GENERALLY VIOLENT-> few brutally rape or kill their victims but rather lure them in </li></ul>
  4. 4. Severity of Acts <ul><li>There is a wide range of acts a pedophile can commit ranging in the harm caused to the child </li></ul><ul><li>For example, it can be as innocent as petting the child’s hair </li></ul><ul><li>Then there is masturbating while holding the child or encouraging the child to touch his own genitals </li></ul><ul><li>The more extreme end of the spectrum is anal, oral, or vaginal penetration </li></ul>
  5. 5. What causes the nature of a pedophile? (nature) of a pedophile? (nature) <ul><li>The most popular theory involves males having an excess of the testosterone hormone causing odd sexual behaviors </li></ul><ul><li>Pedophilia is often linked with impulse control disorders such as OCD, and it is general knowledge that low serotonin levels cause such diseases-> a pattern of low serotonin is found in pedophiles </li></ul>
  6. 6. What causes the nature of a pedophile? (nurture) of a pedophile? (nurture) <ul><li>Environment plays a key role pertaining to why an individual may be more likely to become a pedophile </li></ul><ul><li>A popular theory is the “victim to abuser” cycle-> in this case the pedophile is often abused or assaulted as a child and then as an effort to gain back control and a new identity, becomes the abuser </li></ul>
  7. 7. Pedophiles in society <ul><li>Hard to measure pedophiles in society because the only known ones are those criminally convicted </li></ul><ul><li>Often pedophiles are known to have personality disorders </li></ul><ul><li>Among the most common are narcissism, sociopathic, and anti-social personality disorders </li></ul><ul><li>Studies have shown pedophiles have a predominantly lower intelligence level and are largely left-handed </li></ul>
  8. 8. Pharmacological Treatment <ul><li>Main goal of the pharmaceuticals are to suppress levels of testosterone, therefore, lowering urges and desires towards children </li></ul><ul><li>Drawback is the drugs are very expensive ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 dollars a year </li></ul><ul><li>Also take three to ten months to actually kick in </li></ul>
  9. 9. Psychotherapy <ul><li>Both group and individual therapy is employed </li></ul><ul><li>Main goal is to prevent further child molestations in the future than to “cure” the person of their pedophilia-> decrease urges </li></ul>
  10. 10. Steps to Therapy <ul><li>Step 1: have patient realize his distortions and denial regarding the children-> have them stop making excuses for what happened </li></ul><ul><li>Step 2: empathy training </li></ul><ul><li>Step 3: training to control any sexual urges or impulses </li></ul><ul><li>Step 4: training to prevent any relapses </li></ul>
  11. 11. Castration <ul><li>In extreme cases, some pedophiles will opt for castration-> surgical removal of the testicles so no sperm can be created </li></ul><ul><li>The problem is the pedophile can take hormones and molest a child again so it doesn’t correctly stop the urges </li></ul>
  12. 12. Overview of Treatment <ul><li>A pedophile has to want to control his urges in order for any type of therapy to work </li></ul><ul><li>The importance is not to change the ways of the pedophile but protect any future children from being molested </li></ul><ul><li>Most affective way to treat pedophile is to combine pharmacological drugs with psychotherapy </li></ul>
  13. 13. Video <ul><li>http://www.bizarro.us/sick/pedophile_gives_interview.html </li></ul>
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