Written by Shafiaina Izhar
American Psychiatric Association has defined a pedophilia as a psychiatric disorder whereby it define an adult or older adolescent experiences a primary or exclusive sexual attraction to prepubescent children. In the vein of age level, criteria for pedophilia extend the cut-off point for pre-pubescence to age 13.
Pedophilia also can be seen as a paraphilia that involves an intense and recurrent sexual urges towards and having a fantasies about prepubescent children which have either been acted upon or which cause the person with the attraction distress or interpersonal difficulty.
The consumption of child pornography is a more reliable indicator of pedophilia existence than molesting a child even though some non-pedophiles also view child pornography. The tendency towards pedophile exists increased since the increasing of child pornography consumption. Researchers Taylor and Quale also reported that pedophilic collectors of child pornography are often involved in anonymous internet communities dedicated to extending their collections.
So, is there any causes that lead them to be pedophile?
This situation occurs when the Internet and social media have allowed unencumbered access to these illegal images and videos of children. People can be traced as they are “flying under the radar” while accessing the Internet. This can be a cause that child pornography is acting as a catalyst, facilitating an interest in the sexual images of children and in Internet-facilitated sexual offending.
Some studies have been conducted regarding the increasing of pedophile issue. According to the Mayo Clinic in U.S.A., studies and case reports indicate that 30% to 80% of individuals who viewed child pornography and 76% of individuals who were arrested for Internet child pornography had molested a child. This study was conducted with U.S.A citizens. How about in Malaysia?
In June 2016, Malaysians were shocked to hear the news about one of Britain’s pedophiles Richard Huckle was, who posed as an English teacher, was faced a total of 91 charges for sexually assaulting 23 children in Kuala Lumpur and the offences were committed between 2006 and 2014 with investigators saying there could have been up to 200 child victims during nine years he spent around Kuala Lumpur’s suburbs.
The concern here is what are the precautions steps to reduce the consumption of child pornography? What are the efforts did by any enforcement to avoid this pedophile become more aggressive? We need to do something to reduce and probably to avoid the pedophilia and child molestation among Malaysian citizens.