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    If all child molesters were suddenly gone...

    If every single person on the face of the earth that has ever molested a child, or even thought about it, were to suddenly disappear from the face of the earth... all rapture-like... and we had a period in time where there were literally no molesters, would child molestation cease to exist?

    Or, are some people just wired that way at birth, and new molesters would be born?

    Disclaimer: This is NOT a question about right or wrong or what their punishment should be.

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    Re: If all child molesters were suddenly gone...

    Most molesters are former victims of molest themselves so I'm thinking this is (in the majority of the cases) a result of environmental factors rather than an inborn desire.

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    Re: If all child molesters were suddenly gone...

    Quote Originally Posted by Frolicking Dinosaurs View Post
    Most molesters are former victims of molest themselves so I'm thinking this is (in the majority of the cases) a result of environmental factors rather than an inborn desire.
    Is it possible it could be hereditary? In some cases, not necessarily all.

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    Re: If all child molesters were suddenly gone...

    Quote Originally Posted by Frolicking Dinosaurs View Post
    Most molesters are former victims of molest themselves so I'm thinking this is (in the majority of the cases) a result of environmental factors rather than an inborn desire.
    So you think people molest because they were molested - absolutely? Or do you think it's just a possible factor for some people?

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    Re: If all child molesters were suddenly gone...

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    If every single person on the face of the earth that has ever molested a child, or even thought about it, were to suddenly disappear from the face of the earth... all rapture-like... and we had a period in time where there were literally no molesters, would child molestation cease to exist?

    Or, are some people just wired that way at birth, and new molesters would be born?

    Disclaimer: This is NOT a question about right or wrong or what their punishment should be.
    Child molestors become so for a variety of reasons... so yes, we would see more molestors in the future.
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    Re: If all child molesters were suddenly gone...

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    If every single person on the face of the earth that has ever molested a child, or even thought about it, were to suddenly disappear from the face of the earth... all rapture-like... and we had a period in time where there were literally no molesters, would child molestation cease to exist?

    Or, are some people just wired that way at birth, and new molesters would be born?

    Disclaimer: This is NOT a question about right or wrong or what their punishment should be.
    No, I don't think they would disappear, but not for the reason stated in the poll. I believe the behavior could easily evolve again over time, as I assume it did originally.

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    Re: If all child molesters were suddenly gone...

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    If every single person on the face of the earth that has ever molested a child, or even thought about it, were to suddenly disappear from the face of the earth... all rapture-like... and we had a period in time where there were literally no molesters, would child molestation cease to exist?

    Or, are some people just wired that way at birth, and new molesters would be born?

    Disclaimer: This is NOT a question about right or wrong or what their punishment should be.
    It would cease to be for awhile,but not permanently.
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    Re: If all child molesters were suddenly gone...

    Where is the No, molestation is a learned behavior? Molestation has been linked in almost every study to abusive parents.

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    Re: If all child molesters were suddenly gone...

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    So you think people molest because they were molested - absolutely? Or do you think it's just a possible factor for some people?

    I've never had compulsions to molest others
    Most molesters have been victims themselves, but most victims do not go on to molest others. Given that, I believe that having been victimized does play a part, but obviously sme other factors are necessary or every victim would be a molester.

    Most molesters are psychologically impotent. There are also a high proportion with a history of physical child abuse, a history of abusing animal, a history of being reared by people with serious mental health or substance abuse issues. While there may be some genetic abnormality that can cause people to see children (or animals or inanimate objects) as sexually appealing, I feel too many share similar social background elements to ignore them as playing a part in the development of the aberrant behavior.

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    Re: If all child molesters were suddenly gone...

    No, there will always be child molesters. The reason from them existing isn't just learned, genetic, or behavioral... its a random chaotic combination of all three. And non child molesters can just snap one day to become one.

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