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USA Today Runs Article About How Pedophiles Are 'Misunderstood' Ahead of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day


USA Today ran an article claiming that pedophiles are “misunderstood” and sometimes do not become abusers ahead of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is January 11, the article, titled “What the public keeps getting wrong about pedophilia,” was published the day before.

The piece was authored by Alia E. Dastagir, who covers topics like sexism, racism, media ethics and mental health.

“When most of the public thinks of pedophilia, they assume it’s synonymous with child sexual abuse, a pervasive social problem that has exploded to crisis levels online. Researchers who study pedophilia say the term describes an attraction, not an action, and using it interchangeably with ‘abuse’ fuels misperceptions,” Dastagir wrote.

She continued, “Not all people who sexually abuse children are pedophiles. Some pedophiles never abuse children, experts say, and some people who sexually abuse children do not sexually prefer them, but use them as a surrogate for an adult partner. They may be disinhibited and anti-social, with impulse control problems.”

The author went on to discuss the recent case of Allyn Walker, a former professor at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, who recently resigned after his desire to “destigmatize pedophilia” went viral. He also referred to pedophiles are “Minor Attracted Person,” a phrase commonly used by pedophiles online who often use anonymous accounts to find one another.

“There is growing support in the field for Walker’s point of view. While Cantor said there’s no treatment that can turn a pedophile into a non-pedophile, pedophiles can be taught self-control and compensatory strategies, which he said is more likely if they’re under the care of a professional. He argues that pedophiles need to be able to access therapy, which can be difficult since those afflicted may be ashamed to seek help or worried about being reported to the authorities if they do,” the USA Today article said in defense of the disgraced academic.

Survivor and advocate for human trafficking victims Eliza Bleu was quick to call out the timing of the article.

“Every year I look forward to January 11th! It’s National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. It’s an amazing day to educate and raise awareness about the crime of human trafficking. As a survivor of human trafficking, it’s incredible to stand in solidarity with my fellow survivors on this day. I take days like this to mourn those that we have lost to the crime at the hands of their abuser and to think deeply about ways that we can prevent the crime from happening in the first place,” Bleu told Timcast.

“I have been extra encouraged this year by the outpouring of love towards the survivor space around this important day. In search for corporate press articles to post on social media I saw the USA Today tweet about pedophila with attached article,” Bleu continued. “My heart is broken for survivors of child sex abuse and trauma, instead of the corporate press using today to stand in solidarity with survivors and offer resources, USA Today chose to tweet an article today posted yesterday seemingly trying to normalize pedophila.”

Bleu added, “As if this isn’t bad enough USA Today did post an article about National Human Trafficking Awareness Month today further gaslighting survivors.”

“Regardless of this disgusting display by the gaslighting corporate press survivors still deserve support on this day and everyday,” Bleu concluded, along with a link to the website for the Human Trafficking Hotline. “If you or someone you know needs help, please reach out.”

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13 responses to “USA Today Runs Article About How Pedophiles Are ‘Misunderstood’ Ahead of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day”

  1. MemphisKong says:

    “uoislame says:
    January 12, 2022 at 6:47 pm
    i know most of yall aren’t gonna like to hear this, but pedophiles aren’t pedos by choice. there is something in their brain that makes them attracted to children similar to how you are attracted to adults. most times it is a history of sexual abuse as children, but it isn’t something they decide to feel. ”

    So If I was physically abused as a child, like having cigarettes put out on my arm, for example. Then its not that I felt like doing the same to my kid because it was done to me? That’s wholly BS.

  2. HerrDoktor says:

    @UOislame:
    To “be a pedophile” can mean “to feel attracted to minors” or “to act on feelings of attraction to minors.” My response to your comment depends on which you mean.
    I’ve had many conversation with leftists who sincerely believe it is preposterous to expect someone to refrain from acting on their sexual feelings; in fact, that dismissal of moral agency is one of the main things that turned me away from leftist circles.
    It’s funny because, for example, they (rightfully) expect straight men to refrain from chasing women around the office.
    I’m perfectly fine with the idea of someone who is born with feelings of attraction to minors and who has engaged in self-discipline sufficiently to never act on it or let on that that is what’s happening. But something tells me that’s not the direction the left are headed in. Self-discipline has never been something they’re interested in.
    When it comes to someone who decides to violate a child, I think the worth of our society can be measured by what we do about it (in terms of prevention and of punishment where we fail at prevention).

  3. uoislame says:

    i know most of yall aren’t gonna like to hear this, but pedophiles aren’t pedos by choice. there is something in their brain that makes them attracted to children similar to how you are attracted to adults. most times it is a history of sexual abuse as children, but it isn’t something they decide to feel. we, as a society, have decided that it is morally wrong for this behavior, but we don’t do anything except go “hide it forever you scumbag” and that certainly does not stop it from happening.

    i don’t agree that we should be normalizing them as “regular people” like has happened to things viewed in similar ways (how yall think gay people were looked at decades ago???), but we can’t just pretend it is the same as other crimes.

  4. Lanceyourlot says:

    They are misunderstood. Baseball bat therapy is the answer.

  5. DrVinnyBoombatz says:

    “Very fine people on both sides”

    No I actually meant it ironically like turning the phrase 180 degrees. Just look at the picture. Very fine people on the left. People who wokesplain away pedophilia or turn it into an academic subject. But the media portrays people who want to keep up a few statues as the true deplorables.

  6. neilinda says:

    All this at the same time we are seeing what is going on with several of those at CNN…

  7. DonRon says:

    Boombatz

    Seriously, you still rate the Charlottesville lie 🙄

  8. DrVinnyBoombatz says:

    Very fine people on both sides.

  9. HerrDoktor says:

    I figured it out! Change the definition of “child” and “minor” to that of a woodchipper, and the problem is solved.

  10. HerrDoktor says:

    My coworkers laughed at me 6 years ago when I said this exact thing would happen.

  11. pandusa says:

    It may be enough to make one a ” justifiable homicide attracted person” and we can “destigmatize” that too. Just a thought…but I wouldn’t act on it.

  12. ABourla108 says:

    We are losing our minds. This is s scene-by-scene unraveling of a decent society that can definitely be improved upon, into madness.

  13. Viewtifuljoe says:

    Given the Epstein case and the ouster of two top-level employees at CNN, I’m sure if the establishment and their flunkies at USA Today normalize pedophilia they would be more open in their perversion.

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