Can paedophilia be cured?

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Can paedophilia be cured?
« on: 08/06/2016 04:27:44 »
The scientific community now largely accepts that a homosexual cannot become heterosexual, no matter what kind of medicine or "therapy" they are given. However, homosexuality can be controlled, though it is very difficult. That is them abstaining from receiving any form of sexual gratification from homosexual acts, including pornography. Even in the ultra-conservative middle east, homosexuals risk prison or death or possibly Jahannam (if they believe in it) to satisfy their private urges.

So that brings me to paedophilia. I think we all agree that putting a child into a sexual situation is morally wayward to say the least. Here in the west we have therapies for paedophiles. Both the F.B.I. and Scotland Yard reach out to both offending and non-offending pedophiles to seek therapy.

How can we cure paedophilia any more than we can cure any other type of sexuality? Or is therapy simply about controlling paedophiles, helping them empathise with children and what effects sexual acts will have on them in a very long term way. Convincing them (paedophiles) to abstain from receiving any form of sexual gratification from paedophilia, including child pornography. I wonder how successfully that is, if indeed it actually put to practice?
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Re: Can pedophilia be cured?
« Reply #1 on: 09/06/2016 06:08:10 »
I don't specifically know, although it may vary from patient to patient. The question seems to pose the same sorts of issues associated with alcoholism and other mental disorders, in some cases of which it is clear that the patient has an underlying problem for which there may be no medical remedy currently available. There was, for example, the case of the attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords by  a man who, it shortly became clear, was quite bonkers, probably from heriditary causes, and who should not be out on the street unsupervised.  A " cure" for his condition does not seem to be presently available, although management is possible by sufficiently aggressive means, in this case institutionalization.  Understandably, the question of his rights as a disabled person may be raised; however the public safety demands he not be fully unleashed.