Based on science and clinical experience that there are individuals who acknowledge an attraction to children, also known as minor attraction.
What do we Really Know About Minor Attraction?
The most recent science about minor attraction suggests that the age of the people we are attracted to is influenced by our brain structures and not a choice. Many people who have this attraction also have NOT engaged in any behavior with a child. Because they realize that acting on their attraction is never appropriate.
Where can those afflicted by these urges go for help? How do they ensure they never act on these urges or to process their feelings?
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Where can they go?
Most of the time they do not seek help for fear of what may happen if they disclose this attraction. Because the fear of stigmatization is a real and justified fear.
Many therapists are not trained to help process this form of sexuality. And, worse yet, many refuse to do so.
There have been a few scientific studies of therapists. These studies have found that they hold the same stigma against pedophilia as the general public. So much for non-judgmental!
Where might someone go for treatment who wants to process their minor attraction? While there are therapists out there who are trained to help people process this attraction, these resources are few and far between.
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Enter: Troubled Desire
Doctors at The Institute of Sexology and Sexual Medicine at Charite-Universitatsmedzin Berlin created Troubled Desire specifically for this purpose. The website provides an anonymous online self-management program for individuals who experience an attraction to children. The University acknowledged that there was a great need for services for individuals who could not find a suitable therapist near them.
The University is practicing Primary Prevention. By providing resources and support for individuals who are attracted to children who have not offended. This means helping people not offend against children in the first place.
Unfortunately, the normal state of affairs is that we engage in secondary prevention. Therefore we help someone not offend AGAIN.
Know someone struggling with minor attraction? I suggest they check out the free, anonymous online course from Troubled Desire.
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Do you feel your sexual behavior, or that of someone you love, is out of control? Then you should consult with a professional.
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