‘I’m a pedophile, but not a monster’: Man writes confronting essay asking Americans to ‘please understand’ the difference between pedophiles and child molesters
A news website has published an essay by a self-described pedophile asking Americans to ‘learn to accept’ people like him and attempting to raise awareness about their ‘sexual orientation’.
The controversial op-ed was written by Tennessee-based graphic designer Todd Nickerson and appeared on Salon.com on Monday.
In it Nickerson explains how being being a pedophile is a ‘curse of the first order’.
‘I’ve been stuck with the most unfortunate of sexual orientations, a preference for a group of people who are legally, morally and psychologically unable to reciprocate my feelings and desires,’ Nickerson wrote.
Nickerson continued: ‘To confess a sexual attraction to children is to lay claim to the most reviled status on the planet, one that effectively ends any chance you have of living a normal life.’
The point of the essay is to try and debunk the concept that all paedophile’s are predators.
Nickerson maintains he has never given into his urges and assaulted a child or used child pornography.
‘I have other pedophiles in my life that I’m actually proud to call friends, people I would trust my children with if I had any, knowing they’d be safe there,’ Nickerson wrote.
‘So, please, be understanding and supportive.
‘It’s really all we ask of you.
This is how it started and before we realized, gays and lesbians are defined as a different form of sexual orientation. The kind of media attention this story has generated in America only speaks the fact that soon, we shall have a new form of sexual orientation. One that the courts will seek to protect and defend. Those people with this orientation will get scientists to prove how they are genetically created to be sexually attracted to little children.