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Video: How Do We Protect Children From Sexual Victimization?

June 15, 2016 by Justin Lehmiller


“We must invest in policing. We must invest in education. We must invest in child protection. But I am convinced that we are not investing enough in treating people who are sexually attracted to children. There are virtually no services for people who identify as being sexually attracted to children but haven’t offended yet.” – Luke Broomhall

In this TEDx talk, forensic psychologist Luke Broomhall explores the importance of thinking differently about how to prevent child sexual abuse. In the United States and many other countries around the world, treatment for pedophilia is generally only available to those who admit to having downloaded child exploitation material or having abused a child. But what about those pedophiles who haven’t acted on their sexual urges and want help controlling them? If we created services that could reach pedophiles who are at risk of offending before they act, could we then prevent numerous children from being sexually victimized? Check out the video below to learn more.

After you watch, check out this article about a new program in Germany designed to do precisely what Broomhall is talking about.

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller
Founder & Owner of Sex and Psychology

Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.

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