There is no single profile that
or a pedophile or a sexual abuser. But there are a number of
profiles that can differentiate pedophiles or men who have committed
sexual abuse from people who don't sexualize children.
The Sexually and Emotionally Aroused
There are those pedophiles who
and emotionally aroused at children in the absence of any sexual
to adults. These are people who are drawn to children
emotionally, psychologically, and who live their lives in relation to
and not in relation to adults.
The Impulsive and Exploitative
There are child molesters who
and exploitative, who take advantage of the vulnerability of children,
of the fact that children will not refuse or resist, and the fact that
children can be easily manipulated. The exploitative child
is characterized by problems in impulse control, problems in antisocial
behavior. That kind of person generally not only has sexual
against children, but may also have other sexual offenses such as
or voyeurism, and they also have general antisocial problems.
The Sexually Compulsive
Another child molester profile coincides with those people who have major mental illness who either have sexual compulsions, and the major mental illness may be as a result of organic conditions, or have loss of control due to alcohol or to brain damage or to senility.
All of those profiles can define a discrete group of men who are sexually attracted to children.