Awful Conversations

The Pedophiles Who Didn't Want to Hurt Children

Today, Luke Malone published a story on Matter, a publication of Medium, with the headline "You’re 16. You’re a Pedophile. You Don’t Want to Hurt Anyone. What Do You Do Now?" Fortunately, that "you" in that headline is probably not you, although it could be, and is also not Luke the writer; it's a story about a group of young pedophiles who've come together to prevent themselves from offending and from using child pornography. It considers the apparently radical idea of treating potential sex offenders before they hurt people—treating pedophilia as both a public and mental health crisis, where we've previously only addressed it as [...]