02 October 2006

So It Won't Happen Again

Usually you have a hope that members of Congress despite the Washington bubble have some small connection to the real world and then something happens that gives you two choices.

They are dumber than dirt
They are truly malevolent and power is more important than what is right.

The latest example is this matter with Congressman Foley and the fact that knowledge of his emails has been known for over a year. The plea by senior members is that the first batch of emails "weren't that bad" and that they "counseled him". For (expletive deleted) sake!!! Information about the profile of a pedophile has been available for years. At the very least, the suspicion was enough for an investigation.
So heads up. The following list is from Tammy L. Ruggles, BSW, MA.

There is no hard and fast profile of a pedophile, but here are some general characteristics:

· Popular with both children and adults.

· Appears to be trustworthy and respectable. Has good standing in the community.

· Prefers the company of children. Feels more comfortable with children than adults. Is mainly attracted to prepubescent boys and girls. Can be heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual.

· "Grooms" children with quality time, video games, parties, candy, toys, gifts, money.

· Singles out children who seem troubled and in need of attention or affection.

· Often dates or marries women with children that are the age of his preferred victims.

· Rarely forces or coerces a child into sexual contact. Usually through trust and friendship. Physical contact is gradual, from touching, to picking up, to holding on lap, to kissing, etc.

· Derives gratification in a number of ways. For some, looking is enough. For others, taking pictures or watching children undress is enough. Still others require more contact.

· Finds different ways and places to be alone with children.

· Are primarily (but not always) male, masculine, better-educated, more religious than average, in their thirties, and choose jobs allowing them greater access to children.

· Are usually family men, have no criminal record, and deny that they abuse children, even after caught, convicted, incarcerated, and court-ordered into a sex offender program. The marriage is often troubled by sexual dysfunction, and serves as a smokescreen for the pedophile's true preferences and practices.

· Are often, but not always, themselves victims of some form of childhood sexual abuse.

· Even if the pedophile has no children, his home is usually child-friendly, with toys, books, video games, computers, bikes, swing sets, skateboards, rec room, pool, snacks - things to attract children to his home and keep them coming back. Usually the items reflect the preferred age of his victims.

· A female pedophile usually abuses a child when partnered with an adult male pedophile, and is often herself a victim of chronic sexual abuse.

· A pedophile can act independently, or be involved in an organized ring, including the Internet, Some pedophiles recognize that their behavior is criminal, immoral, and unacceptable by society, and operate in secrecy. Some are quite open and militant about their practices and advocate the normalization of pedophilia under the guise of freedom of speech and press.


eProf2 said...

I'm not into profiling inasmuch as the profile might miss the target by a wide margin. However, it's a truism that when someone is obsessive about almost any subject, whether dark or otherwise, will be acting out on their obsessiveness. For instance, if you want to see some of the best pornography, just ask someone who is vehemently opposed to it and obsessive about their opposition. This guy Foley fits this m.o., too. It was almost predictable.

I'm going to miss the LV get together, but have a great time.

Dexter said...

One more to add to that informative and comprehensive list:
Female child sexual abuse offenders are more likely to be "shamed" by the press releases , and more frequently than males will cease offending because of that.
I can't remember where I read that...probably in a MSM newspaper.

Durward Discussion said...

Eprof2, You will be missed. We were looking forward to meeting you, but enjoy your latest career adventure.

Dexter, You are right. While there are female sexual abusers, they are a very small percentage of the whole. The most common is a heterosexual male against girls. Then bisexual/homosexual male aginst males (probably where Foley falls).