It’s a sexuality, not one that can be practiced, but one they did not choose all the same. Many pedophiles care a lot about kids and can use that care to do a lot of good for them, for example working with high-risk or disabled children in schools or care centers (this is a real-life example). (source)
"Disease" suggests that certain characteristics always come together. A rough sketch of some of the characteristics we expect in a disease might include:
1. Something caused by the sorts of thing you study in biology: proteins, bacteria, ions, viruses, genes.
2. Something involuntary and completely immune to the operations of free will
3. Something rare; the vast majority of people don't have it
4. Something unpleasant; when you have it, you want to get rid of it
5. Something discrete; a graph would show two widely separate populations, one with the disease and one without, and not a normal distribution.
6. Something commonly treated with science-y interventions like chemicals and radiation.
Cancer satisfies every one of these criteria, and so we have no qualms whatsoever about classifying it as a disease. It's a type specimen, the sparrow as opposed to the ostrich. The same is true of heart attack, the flu, diabetes, and many more.
Some conditions satisfy a few of the criteria, but not others. Dwarfism seems to fail (5), and it might get its status as a disease only after studies show that the supposed dwarf falls way out of normal human height variation. Despite the best efforts of transhumanists, it's hard to convince people that aging is a disease, partly because it fails (3). Calling homosexuality a disease is a poor choice for many reasons, but one of them is certainly (4): it's not necessarily unpleasant.
The marginal conditions mentioned above are also in this category. Obesity arguably sort-of-satisfies criteria (1), (4), and (6), but it would be pretty hard to make a case for (2), (3), and (5).
So, is obesity really a disease? Well, is Pluto really a planet? Once we state that obesity satisfies some of the criteria but not others, it is meaningless to talk about an additional fact of whether it "really deserves to be a disease" or not.
Your objection thus amounts to "Christianity is wrong." I mean, okay, but that's not a terribly interesting response.
Remember, no record just means they haven't been caught.
Short of branding these people with "PEDOPHILE, DANGER TO CHILDREN"" across every inch of their bodies, which obviously isn't feasible, I just don't see how these kind of programs could actually help. It makes me very skeptical that any kind of a push for "acceptance" is anything other than an attempt to lure the public into thinking these kind of people can be trusted - ie, the exact same thing that pedophiles already do with the parents and guardians of their victims. One thing that does seem to be common to pedophiles who do see it as an orientation of sorts is that they seek to get close to children. Is this "therapy" going to involve a lifetime ban from working with youth? Will they voluntarily put themselves on sex offender registries? Submit to irreversible sterilization? Comply with legally mandated discolure of their pedophile status to potential marriage partners? Voluntary hospitalization or imprisonment?
The goal of the therapy is to cope with problems in dealing with the particular sexual preference. From a patient’s point of view, focus is on controlling one’s own behaviour in order to prevent child sexual abuse.
Thus, during therapy the patients learn
• an appropriate perception and appraisal of their sexual wishes and needs
• the identification of and coping with dangerous developments
• strategies for the prevention of sexual assault
The therapy takes place in groups once a week and, if required, also one-on-one interviews and includes relatives if necessary. In agreement with the patient, the treatment follows a structured therapy plan but also considers individual needs. The therapeutic procedure integrates behavioural therapy and sexological approaches and also includes the option for pharmaceutical support.
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