PART III: Pedophiles, Child Molesters & Predators – The Differences


la luz 5The past few months, The Pink Flamingo has been detailing information about pedophiles, child molesters, and the Kaitlyn Hunt fiasco.  This is the third of a three part series, I started back in July, dealing with pedophiles and child molesters.

Once you delve into the science and sociology of the subject, it becomes increasingly clear that there is a difference between people who are pedophiles, child molesters, and those who are predators.  It is not a subject people want to discuss because it explodes certain myths and concepts.  Child molesters are not necessarily pedophiles.  Pedophiles may not ever molest a child, strangely enough.  And – child pornography is a whole different subject, that is part of the entire pedophile process.

“…According to one paper from the Mayo Clinic of the U.S.A. based on case reports of those under treatment, 30% to 80% of individuals who viewed child pornography and 76% of individuals who were arrested for Internet child pornography had molested a child. As the total number of those who view such images can not be ascertained, the ratio of passive viewing to molestation remains unknown. The report also notes that it is not possible to define the progression from computerized child pornography to physical acts against children…”

What is fascinating are the divisions within pedophilia.  I think maybe the one we need to concentrate on, when it comes to the whole Kate Hunt fiasco is Ephebophilia, not that she is one.

“…Ephebophilia is the primary or exclusive adult sexual interest in mid-to-late adolescents, generally ages 15 to 19. The term was originally used in the late 19th to mid 20th century. It is one of a number of sexual preferences across age groups subsumed under the technical term “chronophilia”.

Ephebophilia strictly denotes the preference for mid-to-late adolescent sexual partners, not the mere presence of some level of sexual attraction. In sexual ethics, it may be defined as a sexual preference for girls generally 14–16 years old, and boys generally 14–19 years old. Some authors define ephebophilia as a sexual preference for pubescent and adolescent boys.

In research environments, specific terms are used for chronophilias: for instance, ephebophilia to refer to the sexual preference for mid-to-late adolescents, hebephilia to refer to the sexual preference for earlier pubescent individuals, and pedophilia to refer to the sexual preference for prepubescent children.

However, the term pedophilia is commonly used to refer to any sexual interest in minors below the legal age of consent, regardless of their level of physical, mental, or psychological development….”

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Pedophilia is a recognized psychiatric disorder.

“…The prevalence of pedophilia in the general population is not known, but is estimated to be lower than 5% among adult men.[4] “Most sexual offenders against children are male, although female offenders may account for 0.4% to 4% of convicted sexual offenders. On the basis of a range of published reports, McConaghy estimates a 10 to 1 ratio of male-to-female child molesters.”

It is believed that the true number of female pedophiles is underrepresented by available estimates, and that reasons for this may include a “societal tendency to dismiss the negative impact of sexual relationships between young boys and adult women, as well as women’s greater access to very young children who cannot report their abuse”, among other explanations.

The term pedophile is commonly used to describe all child sexual abuse offenders, including those who do not meet the clinical diagnosis standards, which is seen as problematic by researchers, as most distinguish between child molesters and pedophiles.

A perpetrator of child sexual abuse is commonly assumed to be and referred to as a pedophile; however, there may be other motivations for the crime (such as stress, marital problems, or the unavailability of an adult partner).

As child sexual abuse may or may not be an indicator that its perpetrator is a pedophile, offenders may be separated into two types: Exclusive (i.e., “true pedophiles”) and non-exclusive (or, in some cases, “non-pedophilic”). According to a U.S. study on 2429 adult male sex offenders who were categorized as “pedophiles”, only 7% identified themselves as exclusive; indicating that many or most child sexual abusers may fall into the non-exclusive category.

However, the Mayo Clinic reports perpetrators who meet the diagnostic criteria for pedophilia offend more often than non-pedophile perpetrators, and with a greater number of victims. They state that approximately 95% of child sexual abuse incidents are committed by the 88% of child molestation offenders who meet the diagnostic criteria for pedophilia. A behavioral analysis report by the FBI states that a “high percentage of acquaintance child molesters are preferential sex offenders who have a true sexual preference for [prepubescent] children (i.e., true pedophiles)”.

A review article in the British Journal of Psychiatry notes the overlap between extrafamilial and intrafamilial offenders. One study found that around half of the fathers and stepfathers in its sample who were referred for committing extrafamilial abuse had also been abusing their own children.

As noted by Abel, Mittleman, and Becker (1985) and Ward et al. (1995), there are generally large distinctions between the two types of offenders’ characteristics. Situational offenders tend to offend at times of stress; have a later onset of offending; have fewer, often familial victims; and have a general preference for adult partners.

Pedophilic offenders, however, often start offending at an early age; often have a large number of victims who are frequently extrafamilial; are more inwardly driven to offend; and have values or beliefs that strongly support an offense lifestyle. Research suggests that incest offenders recidivate at approximately half the rate of extrafamilial child molesters, and one study estimated that by the time of entry to treatment, nonincestuous pedophiles who molest boys had committed an average of 282 offenses against 150 victims.

Some child molesters—pedophiles or not—threaten their victims to stop them from reporting their actions. Others, like those that often victimize children, can develop complex ways of getting access to children, like gaining the trust of a child’s parent, trading children with other pedophiles or, infrequently, get foster children from non-industrialized nations or abduct child victims from strangers. Offending pedophiles may often act interested in the child, to gain the child’s interest, loyalty and affection to keep the child from letting others know about the abuse….”

I made the misfortune of watching a commercial for TLC’s Toddlers & Tiaras. In the ad, there were clips of these little kids, performing, their little dances designed to make them look like they were nothing less than adult strippers, strutting their stuff.  This is indicative of the problem we’re having in this nation.  Parents, mothers, especially, don’t seem to understand there are consequences for their actions.  They are forcing their little girls into behavior that is not only not acceptable, but is damaging to them, later on.  They are literally turning their little girls into the likes of Kate Hunt.

When little girls are sexualized early, they become prey for pedophiles.  They learn that behaviors which are not acceptable in reality, are – for them.  They learn as long as the world thinks they are pretty, blond, and cute, they think they can get away with anything.

Those of us who have been watching the train wreck that is the Hunt Family of Vero Beach, Florida, can’t help but wonder how far the problems go in their family.  The Pink Flamingo has real problems with the fact that not only was Kate so sexually active, but so is her younger sister.  Both were encouraged by their mother, who has no social boundaries or manners.

One of the things we tend to ignore is the fact that wild and crazy, seriously dysfunctional families like the Hunts are not the only ones with disparate problems. An oft ignored fact is that, of all the socio-economic groups in the country, there is more incest, a greater pedophile and abuse problem within the so-called ultra conservative, Amish community than any other single group of individuals.  One by one, women, and men, are starting to come forward with their tales of horror.

People like the Hunts, are monsters.  They are part of the abusive cycle.  No, it may not look like Kate Hunt has been abused, but I suspect she has.  I suspect that her family has preyed on her, stolen her innocence, and then apparently have taken the money they raised.  With that money, they appear to be having a grand old time while Kate languishes in jail, having been encouraged by her fun-loving mother, to violate the judges no-contact order over 20,000 times.

That’s 20,000 times.  Life isn’t going to be good for this young woman, not for a long time.  One an only hope, while in prison, she gets the help she needs.  She is as much a victim of her parents’ thug, narcissistic life-style as Kate’s victim is of her.  This young woman is a train wreck.  So is her family. So are those who ‘support‘ her.  It is obvious she doesn’t have the kind of parents who truly love her, or they would not have allowed what has happened to her, to happen.

Only a miracle will restore Kate Hunt.  We need to be praying for her soul.  We need to pray that she gets help.  If not, when she is finally free from jail, she will continue to do what she did to the young Smith girl.  I fear Kate is a pedophile.  We know that pedophiles only happen when they have been abused themselves.

I think that says it all, doesn’t it?



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