“We must invest in policing. We must invest in education. We must invest in child protection. But I am convinced that we are not investing enough in treating people who are sexually attracted to children. There are virtually no services for people who identify as being sexually attracted to children but haven’t offended yet.” - Luke Broomhall
In this TEDx talk, forensic psychologist Luke Broomhall explores the importance of thinking differently about how to prevent child sexual abuse. In the United States and many other countries around the world, treatment for pedophilia is generally only available to those who admit to having downloaded child exploitation material or having abused a child. But what about those pedophiles who haven't acted on their sexual urges and want help controlling them? If we created services that could reach pedophiles who are at risk of offending before they act, could we then prevent numerous children from being sexually victimized? Check out the video below to learn more.
After you watch, check out this article about a new program in Germany designed to do precisely what Broomhall is talking about.
Watch more videos on the science of sex here.
Want to learn more about Sex and Psychology? Click here for previous articles or follow the blog on Facebook (facebook.com/psychologyofsex), Twitter (@JustinLehmiller), or Reddit (reddit.com/r/psychologyofsex) to receive updates.
Image Source: 123RF.com/benjaminec
You Might Also Like: