The online community detonated in disgust after a German medical student gave a contention that pedophilia is an “unchangeable sexual orientation” just like heterosexuality and that society ought to become more acceptive of pedophiles.
Mirjam Heine defended her assertions before an audience at the University of Würtzberg in Germany during a presentation called, “Why our perception of pedophilia has to change.”
She makes the exceedingly controversial allegation that pedophilia is merely another sexual orientation.
“According to current research pedophilia is an unchangeable sexual orientation just like, for example, heterosexuality. No one chooses to be a pedophile, no one can cease being one,” Heine contended. “The difference between pedophilia and other sexual orientations is that living out this sexual orientation will end in a disaster.”
“Let me be very clear here. Abusing children is wrong without any doubt, but a pedophile who doesn’t abuse children has done nothing wrong,” Heine stated, adding that pedophilia is simply a preference to have sex with kids.
“We shouldn’t increase the sufferings of pedophiles by excluding them, by blaming and mocking them. By doing that, WE increase their isolation and WE increase the chance of child sexual abuse,” she stressed.
“We should accept that pedophiles are people who have not chosen their sexuality and who, unlike most of us, will never be able to live it out freely…Most of us feel discomfort when we think about pedophiles. But just like pedophiles, we are not responsible for our feelings. We do not choose them but we are responsible for our actions,” Heine exhorted.