Virtuous Pedophiles

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Virtuous Pedophiles is an Internet-based mutual support group for pedophiles who acknowledge having a sexual interest in children and do not act on their desires.[1][2] Members support each other in trying to lead normal lives without committing child sexual abuse. Members share the belief that sexual activity between adults and children is wrong and always will be.[3] They also work against the stigma attached to pedophiles. The two founders of the group use the pseudonyms Ethan Edwards and Nick Devin. They do not reveal their true identity because they have to fear ostracism and hatred against their stigmatized sexual preference.[1] There are over 1800 users registered,[4] including parents of children, parents of pedophiles, a few sex researchers and many pedophiles of both genders.


Virtuous Pedophiles is a forum which takes a firm stand against child sexual exploitation of any kind, including viewing child pornography. There are a number of pedophile organizations in the world, but most of them are either unclear about their attitude towards sex with children or campaign to lower age-of-consent laws and to legalize sexual acts with children or child pornography. Virtuous Pedophiles instead accepts these laws and aims to help pedophiles "lead happy, productive and law-abiding lives".[4] Websites with a similar approach are the German website Schicksal und Herausforderung (German for Fate and Challenge) and the Czech forum ČEPEK.


The group's efforts have been supported for their potential benefits by several human sexuality experts,[2][5][6] such as Jesse Bering[7] and James Cantor. Cantor believes such groups can help prevent child sexual abuse. "It is hard to imagine someone who would feel more isolated than someone who recognizes he is sexually interested in children. In my experience, it is in those phases of greatest desperation that a pedophile is most likely to do something desperate, risking harm to a child," Cantor said. "Mutual support among people who share the same daily battle with their own desires can go a long way in addressing the extreme isolation, serving as a potential pressure valve, adding layer of protection, helping pedophiles to keep their behaviors under control."[1]

The group was acknowledged in a New York Times editorial about the distinction between pedophilia and child sexual abuse by law professor Margo Kaplan. Kaplan wrote, "It is not that these individuals are 'inactive' or 'nonpracticing' pedophiles, but rather that pedophilia is a status and not an act."[3] In November 2014, a well publicized Channel 4 programme on pedophilia included an interview with someone who admitted to having pedophilic urges but had not acted upon them.[8][9]

Media support

Since 2013 several media organizations have published very positive articles about pedophiles with Salon publishing a short article in 2016 that discussed Virtuous Pedophiles in a relatively positive light and introduced the web site.[10] This subsequently led to a number of critical responses.[11]

In addition, earlier articles had criticized Todd Nickerson's writings about himself as a 'Virtuous Pedophile.'<ref?John Sexton (September 22, 2015). "Why Salon's Virtuous Pedophile is not so Virtuous". Breitbart. Retrieved December 13, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles></ref>


The Virtuous Pedophiles web site claims that "This hatred [of pedophiles] has its costs, both to children and to non-offending pedophiles themselves..." but does not point out what the costs to children are.

The web site further claims that its goals "are to reduce the stigma attached to pedophilia by letting people know that a substantial number of pedophiles do not molest children" however it provides no information on the the percentage of such so-called pediphiles.


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  2. 2.0 2.1 Noise, Denise (31 December 2012). "Treating Pedophiles: Reasons for Cautious Optimism". Crime Library.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 Kaplan, Margo (5 October 2014). "Pedophilia: A Disorder, Not a Crime". New York Times. Retrieved 6 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Virtuous Pedophiles". Virtuous Pedophiles. Retrieved 2016-11-08.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Zarembo, Alan (14 January 2013). "Many researchers taking a different view of pedophilia". L.A. Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Savage, Dan. "Savage Love Podcast (episode 321) Starts at 21:30". Retrieved 27 April 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Bussel, Rachel Kramer (18 October 2013). "Can Pedophiles Help Themselves? A Book's Provocative Take on Sexuality". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 6 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Agency (25 November 2014). "'Virtuous paedophile' outs himself on camera". The Telegraph.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Solon, Olivia (25 November 2014). "Should we be doing more to rehabilitate paedophiles?". Mirror.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Janet Upadhye (May 17, 2016). ""I'm not a monster": A pedophile on attraction, love and a life of loneliness". Salon. Retrieved December 13, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. {cite web | url = | title = “VIRTUOUS PEDOPHILES” – MIKE CERNOVICH REVEALS SALON’S DIRTY SECRET | author = Aaron Kesel | publisher = My Informs | date = December 13, 2016 | accessdate = December 13, 2016}}

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