What is considered pedophilia? What are the causes of pedophilia? Pedophilia can be considered as an abnormal or unnatural attraction for minors involving the fantasy and acts related to sexual activity with children. This type of practice is not approved by one of the parties involved. According to the Dutch neurologist Dick Swaab, pedophilia can have different causes:
The problem may be due to brain tumors in the temporal cortex or the hypothalamus of a patient; it can be result of a brain surgery to cure epilepsy, brain infections, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and various types of dementia or brain trauma. However, these cases are rare. Probably in most cases, there are genetic causes as well as the interaction between sex hormones of the fetus and the brain before birth.
A Clinical Trial. All brain studies have been performed with small and unrepresentative samples of pedophiles because most of them know how to control their impulses, do not commit crimes and are either under study. To end with the taboo in that research will probably provide information about the real factors of the problem and about the best way to control impulses and prevent relapse. Thus, much suffering would be prevented for everyone involved.
Other Data. There is a myth that women are not involved in this type of child sexual abuse, however, this is obsolete. Child sexual abuse is often reduced to the cases of mothers who abuse their own children. The victims are mostly girls with an average age of six years. This is usually caused because of poverty, lack of education, psychological problems, psychosis and addiction.
Numbers are also alarming: between 5-25% of girls and 5-15% of boys suffer some form of sexual abuse, usually before the age of 11. Most of these abuses are committed by friends or relatives of the victim. Most of abusers are men and 5-10% are women.