The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Those pesky little buggers...

Now that Jack McClellan has made the word "pedophile" part of regular network news vocabulary lately, I figured it was about time that we sit down and really learn a little about the word, and about those who fit the definition of it.

Not all the people you think are pedophiles are truly pedophiles, instead adults with sexual attraction to minors are broken down into categories:

  1. Ephebophilia, or hebephilia, is the correct term to use for those sexually attracted primarily or exclusively to adolescents.

  2. Nepiophilia, or infantophilia, is the attraction to infants or toddlers.

  3. Pedophilia is sexual attraction to prepubescent and sometimes preadolescent children.

There are generally three types of deviants within these categories:

  1. Preferential/structured/fixed type- sole attraction is to children

  2. Situational/opportunistic/regressed/incest type - attraction not limited to children, and usually only acted upon when a more appealing partner is unavailable.

  3. Sadistic- these are just the really really sick bastards,

As mentioned before, these are just some of the symbols accepted and used in the online pedophile community to identify themselves. They can be displayed on websites, in avatar form, and can also be found off line, in the form of coins, key chains, stickers, rings, necklaces etc.

A heart within a heart, or "GLogo" "GirlLover" is used by pedophiles attracted to girls. The heart in a heart, to them, represents a adult/ female child relationship.

A blue spiral-shaped triangle symbol, or "BLogo" "BoyLover", symbolizes a boy (small triangle) surrounded by an older male (larger triangle)- and is meant to show adult/male child relationships.

The butterfly CLogo a.k.a. “ChildLover” (commonly looks like four touching hearts) in pink/blue represents non-preferential gender pedophiles (girl or boy attracted, often both).

The yin-yang looking circle is CGlogo, used in reference to the website, Common Ground, which was created as a place for both girl and boy attracted pedophiles to meet and sympathize with each other.

The pink/blue triangles is "AmaroSymbol" is a variation of the CGLogo.

But, it's not just symbols that you ought to know about. The online version of the "strange creepy man" uses their own shorted slang (think: your teenagers spelling while text messaging) in order to classify themselves, and their interests.

  • AoA: Short for "age of attraction" meaning the age groups of children they are attracted to
  • MAA: Minor attracted adult (used in hopes of sounding less sickening than the word "pedophile")
  • AoC: Age of (legal) consent
  • CL: ChildLover, pedophile

    • GL: Attracted to girls
    • BL: Attracted to boys

  • CL: ChildLover, pedophile

  • YF: Young friend, used when speaking about a victim
You'll also see a good deal of "LGs" or little girls, "GMs" for a "girl moments", which is time spent with a young girl (that can either be a passing second consisting of nothing more than a glance or a smile, or a lengthy visit with a girl).

Then there are the chats, or message boards:

  • CC: known as Common Ground, a place for pedophiles of both preferences. Common ground, while being the one that touts of being for "all" pedophiles is less used than either of the other forums:
  • GC: GirlChat- for those that favor victimizing girls
  • BC: BoyChat- for those that favor victimizing boys
Of course, there wouldn't be any point in telling you all of this if I couldn't teach you how to spot one of these in a nanosecond, right? So, let's get on to identifying these creeps.

First, you will never be able to spot them in a nanosecond- unless you come upon them in a criminal situation where they are actually preying upon a child... and I am going to assume that that is the last thing any of us want. There is just no "magic 8ball" that we can use to spot a pedophile, there's no foul proof way too. But there are a few "Red flags" that you should learn:
Source- Through numerous case studies, the Department of Justice has developed
characteristics and behavioral indicators of a pedophile. They are as follows:
  1. Is most often an adult male.
  2. Is usually married.
  3. Works in a wide range of occupations, from unskilled laborer to corporate executive.
  4. Relates better to children than adults.
  5. Socializes with few adults unless they are pedophiles.
  6. Usually prefers children in a specific age group.
  7. Usually prefers either males or females, but may be bi-sexual.
  8. May seek employment or volunteer with programs involving children of the age of his preference.
  9. Pursues children for sexual purposes.
  10. Frequently photographs or collects photographs of his victims, either dressed, nude, or in sexually explicit acts.
  11. Collects child erotica and child-adult pornography:
    a: To lower the inhibitions of victims.
    b: To fantasize when no potential victim is available.
    c: To relive his sexual activities.
    d: To justify his activities. (The depiction of others engaged in these acts legitimizes them in the pedophile’s mind.)
    e: To blackmail victims to keep them from telling.
  12. May possess and furnish narcotics to his victims to lower their inhibitions.
  13. Is usually intelligent enough to recognize that he has a personal problem and understand the severity of it.
  14. May go to great lengths to conceal his illegal activity.
  15. Often rationalizes his illicit activities, emphasizing his positive impact upon the victim and repressing feelings about the harm he has done.
  16. Often portrays the child as the aggressor. This usually occurs after the child realizes that by withholding “sexual favors” the child will obtain what he or she desires, such as new toys, clothing or trips.
  17. Talks about children in the same manner as one would talk about an adult lover or spouse.
  18. Often was a child molestation victim and frequently seeks out children at the age or stage of physical development at which he was molested.
  19. Often seeks out publications and organizations that support his sexual beliefs and practices.
  20. Usually corresponds with other pedophiles and exchanges child pornography and erotica as proof of involvement.
  21. Is usually non-violent and has few problems with the law (pedophiles are frequently respected community members)

But, as much as I love the DoJ, there's a few issues with that list. Take the "social" behaviors, the list indicates that they are more likely to be around a lot of adults, this isn't always the case- many pedophiles are just as comfortable around non-pedophile adults as they are around children or other pedophiles. They have learned to adapt and gain confidence in order to earn trust and build relationships with adults that often have children or access to children.

~~Okay, this is where I say, more on all of this later...