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Myth 2: Pedophiles and ephebophiles are violent and want power over their sexual partners.


Researchers write:

Glenn D. Wilson, University of London Institute of Psychiatry, and David N. Cox, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia:

Our results are also consistent with previous findings in failing to discover any obvious links between paedophilia and aggressive or psychotic symptoms. The majority of paedophiles, however socially inappropriate, seem to be gentle and rational.9

Paul Okami, Department of Psychology, University of California Los Angeles:

Virtually all research in this field, including studies by the victimologists under discussion, documents the low incidence of violence or forceful coercion in cases of adult human sexual behavior with children and adolescents.10

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5. Bradford et al., 1988; Okami & Goldberg, 1992; Wilson & Cox, 1983.

6. Okami & Goldberg, 1992; Sandfort, 1987; Wilson & Cox, 1983.

7. Li, 1990b; Sandfort, 1987; Wilson & Cox, 1983.

8. Ames & Houson, 1990; Bradford et al., 1988; Constantine, 1981; Crawford, 1981; Hall, 1996; Howells, 1981; Ingram, 1981; Okami & Goldberg, 1992; Virkkunen, 1981; West, 1998; West & Woodhouse, 1990.

9. Wilson & Cox, 1983.

10. Okami, 1990.