Power In Your Hands

This week on Medium, a long article went around that told the story of a 16-year-old boy who realized that he was sexually attracted to young children. Rather than demonizing such non-offending pedophiles, the article follows his efforts not only to stop himself from hurting children, but to help others like him.

The pressure not to seek help in these young pedophiles is extremely strong. Mandatory reporting in this country can land people who have never hurt a child and who want desperately not to in jail. Many therapists do not have any frame of reference for dealing with these sorts of desires, which are more prevalent than many realize.

Some time ago, I wrote about the changes in the DSM-V that de-pathologized BDSM and other types of kinky desires and behavior, with the exception of pedophilia, for which there is really no acceptable outlet. This article gives me a little hope that for those afflicted with these terrible desires, there may be a way out that does not involve harming kids.

Warning that this article contains some disturbing descriptions and deals with an incredibly troubling subject.

You’re 16. You’re a Pedophile. You Don’t Want to Hurt Anyone. What Do You Do Now?

ImageFolks, I want to start engaging the blogosphere more, but I tend to find the search for what I’m looking for difficult and disappointing.  Which brings me to two subtly different yet related questions:

1. How do you go about finding blogs you love to read, engage with, and signal boost, based on your interests?

2. If you had a blog like mine, what search terms might you be using, either in blog-finding or Google-send-me-articles finding, to get the kind of material that’s worth looking at?

Thanks, all!  I’m off for the weekend on a little getaway, in which I will attempt to climb Mount Washington.  I’m hoping I can listen to my body well enough to know whether I’m capable of it or not!  Wish me luck.