Launching into a conversation on NOMAPs or “Non-Offending Minor-Attracted Persons,” the Prevention Project argued that individuals should feel safe sharing their sexual attraction to children without being worried about the recourse from individuals in society because “research also indicates that someone can be attracted to a child without inevitably sexually abusing them.”
While the website does not cite this “research” it claims to quote, it does provide a link to the blog of a man writing under the name “Ender Wiggins,” who claims that he is a “non-offending, anti-contact pedophile.” He argues that pedophiles should be treated the same as members of the LGBT community and that pedophilia should be accepted as an additional sexual orientation.
“Most people these days are very sympathetic with the struggles of young homosexual teens, and luckily in a lot of environments, they receive the acceptance and support that they need and they have plenty of role models that have led the way in past rougher times to look up to. That is hardly the case for young boys and girls who discover—typically in horror—that they’re sexually attracted to younger children,” Wiggins wrote.
He claimed that many pedophiles realize their sexual desires when they are children and that “the process of discovery is pretty much the same as with any other sexual orientation — including heterosexuality.”
The one thing that is not addressed by either the Prevention Project or by this author who claims to be a “Non-Offending” pedophile, is the issue of consent. When a boy is going through puberty and he realizes that he is sexually attracted to girls, consent is still required for him to initiate any type of sexual contact. The same goes for boys who are sexually attracted to boys, or girls who are sexually attracted to girls.
However, when an adult is sexually attracted to an infant or a child, he or she is admitting attraction to an individual who does not have the ability to consent—thus why the concept is deemed wrong in society. If a child is molested or raped, it results in long-term physical, emotional and mental problems that will go on to affect the child for the rest of his or her life.
In a left-wing op-ed for The Independent, one therapist noted that “many pedophiles do not accept that there’s anything wrong with having sex with a six-year-old,” and that even when she read statements from the victims that detailed “the terror, the free-floating anxiety, the years of bed wetting, the suicide attempts, an inability to trust adults and have any intimate relationships,” to the pedophiles who were responsible for the abuse, they were “unmoved” and continued to justify their horrific actions.
The idea that these monstrous individuals, who ruin the lives of children for the sake of temporary gratification, and then find nothing wrong with their actions, would ever be accepted by society may sound absurd now. But the process of desensitization starts by attempting to normalize the individuals who have not yet committed the heinous acts—yet they still fantasize about it and openly promote their desires—by claiming that their sick disorder should be accepted as a form of sexual orientation.