A U.S. liberal news website has published an article written by a self-described pedophile asking readers to “please understand” and “learn to accept” the difference between pedophiles and child molesters.
The essay, written by Todd Nickerson, a freelance graphic designer and “aspiring author” from Tennessee, was posted to Salon.com on Monday.
He writes how being a pedophile is a “curse of the first order, a completely unworkable sexuality.”
Nickerson explains: “I’ve been stuck with the most unfortunate of sexual orientation, a preference for a group of people who are legally, morally and psychologically unable to reciprocate my feelings and desires.”
“Yet, I am not the monster you think me to be,” Nickerson continues, in an effort to debunk the the notion that all pedophiles are predatory beings.
“I’ve never touched a child sexually in my life and never will, nor do I use child pornography.”
Portraying pedophilia as a sexual orientation, as opposed to a psychiatric disorder as it is widely regarded, Nickerson describes how he struggled to cope as a child after being born without his right hand.
The deformity, he says, coupled with a bladder problem he developed at elementary school, contributed to the “heaping pile of insecurities” he struggled with as an introverted child.
Nickerson’s so-called “Eureka moment,” marking the time he realized he could no longer continue the self-denial badgering his mental state as a child, came when he was 13 years old.
“One day, as I was sketching in my grandparents’ living room, a neighbour of theirs came to visit with his seven-year-old daughter in tow […] I can still see her today in my mind’s eye,” he wrote.
But, it was six years earlier, when Nickerson was seven years old, that he was molested by a man, who he refers to as Hans, a German friend of his uncle’s, in the front yard of his grandparents’ home.
Recalling the incident, Nickerson said the two were sitting down in the garden when “out of the blue, Hans slipped a hand into my shorts.”
“No authorities were called [despite Nickerson telling his grandmother of the incident], and life went on as usual,” he continued.
Questioning the theories of what leads to pedophilia, whether the condition is linked to abuse or whether it might be genetic, Nickerson elaborates to conclude that other factors are at play.
“I think it’s safe to say that many pedophiles have deep-seated feelings of inferiority in one way or another, or at least we did when our sexuality was forming, and this becomes a downward spiral during puberty and beyond,” Nickerson wrote.
“Anything can be the trigger of this: disabilities, weight issues, or just general feelings of unattractiveness.”
Strikingly, Nickerson, who also works as a moderator for the website Virtuous Pedophiles, an online forum for so-called “non-offending pedophiles”, finished the op-ed with an appeal to the wider public.
“Please, be understanding and supportive. It’s really all we ask of you. Treat us like people with a massive handicap we must overcome, not as a monster. If we are going to make it in the world without offending, we need your help.”
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