Salon.com recently posted an article on their website titled, “I’m a pedophile, but not a monster.” It included the byline “I’m attracted to children but unwilling to act on it. Before judging me harshly, would you be willing to listen?”
Todd Nickerson is the author and yes, he honestly and openly admits to being a pedophile.
“My name is Todd Nickerson, and I’m a pedophile,” he wrote. “Does that surprise you? Yeah, not many of us are willing to share our story, for good reason. To confess a sexual attraction to children is to lay claim to the most reviled status on the planet, one that effectively ends any chance you have of living a normal life. Yet, I’m not the monster you think me to be. I’ve never touched a child sexually in my life and never will, nor do I use child pornography.”
One can hope that at least Nickerson is honest that he has not engaged in the activities which he claims he has not. His claim to “orientation” and comparing it to sodomites is interesting though. He doesn’t claim to be born that way, but recognizes a “sexual preference” around the age of puberty. Clearly, as has been discussed by Shea Bernard, everyone is born to be heterosexual. There is no gene or scientific evidence to prove anyone is born anything other than that.
However, as you read his account of sexual abuse at a young age at the hands of a German man, and his grandparents covering it up, there is a part of you that does feel sorry for him as a child.
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