1 in 6 men in Australia had sexual feelings towards under 18s: Report

According to the findings of the study, 15.1% of men experienced sexual desires toward those younger than 18 years old.

Her stepfather, Francene Reo, explained to her that it was a form of therapy. In 1976, the highest court in Newcastle came to the conclusion that it was sexual abuse of a kid.

She stated that at that time, the act of charging someone with incest was so unprecedented that “they didn’t even know how to word the charges.” Because of the serious crimes he committed over a period of ten years, when Reo was between the ages of six and sixteen, her stepfather was sentenced to serve five years in prison. She remained silent regarding the matter for many years.

“I felt that if I had gone public in those days, that I would have been seen as a nutcase,” Reo said. “I felt that if I’d gone public in those days, that I would have been seen as a nutcase.”

“People were so unable to discuss their own sexuality, let alone confront little children who were being sexually abused.”

It was thought at the time that paedophilia was a rare occurrence. The research that was conducted and published today by the University of New South Wales indicates that the sexual abuse of minors is not an uncommon occurrence.

The authors of the study, which was titled Identifying and understanding child sexual offending behavior and attitudes among Australian men, have described it as the largest study of its kind that has ever been conducted anywhere in the world. The study surveyed sample of 1,945 Australian men and found that 9.4% of them admitted to having sexual contact with someone under the age of 18. That would be equivalent to almost one million men living in Australia.

This number accounts for those who have committed crimes online, such as those who have admitted to having sexual chats online with children (4.3%) or purposefully browsed pornographic content involving people younger than the age of 18 (2.5%) This figure covers people who have committed these crimes.

According to the findings of the study, 3.2% of men reported having sexual contact with someone younger than 18 years old when they were older than 18. The researchers acknowledge that one of the limitations of their study, which was designed to be comparable to surveys conducted in other countries, is that the age of consent in Australia is either 16 or 17, depending on the state.

On the other hand, they stated that the rate of interaction was comparable to that of other studies conducted globally.

“People really need to question themselves, we’ve got so many victims in the community, and we’ve got so many lives that are damaged by child sexual abuse, but we have comparably few guys in prison for this offense. This is something that needs to be addressed. The question is, “Who is to blame for all of this damage?” questioned Michael Salter, an professor of criminology at University of New South Wales (UNSW) who was involved in the development of the study. “And this is what our survey is highlighting,” the speaker continued.

According to the findings, child offenders are also prolific consumers of deviant or violent adult pornography, which indicated to Salter that “the overall porn-saturated online environment does have a role to play in sexual harm to children.”

“Unfortunately, the government of the commonwealth has kicked the can down the road when it comes to age verification for adult content, and I think our survey signals the need to revisit that decision.” [Citation needed] “I think our survey signals the need to revisit that decision.”

These findings add to the revolutionary research that was published in April regarding the victims of child abuse. The seminal study on child abuse in Australia indicated that approximately 23.7% of the population had been subjected to child sexual abuse and approximately 8.7% had been coerced into sexual activity as children. According to the findings of the study, child sexual abuse affects more than one in three Australian young women.

The research conducted by UNSW discovered two separate groups of child sex offenders: “One which is motivated by sexual interest in children, and a second group who may be offending for situational or opportunistic reasons.” [Citation needed] “One which is motivated by sexual interest in children,”

It also revealed the existence of a substantial number of men who had not been recognized and whom Salter referred to as “specialist” offenders. These are guys who are otherwise socially acceptable, well-liked, and high-status individuals who frequently groom and then harm children without being caught. According to the findings of the study, they typically have greater earnings, a higher likelihood of being married, and a higher likelihood of working in a job that gives them access to children.

He stated that governments, together with the providers of social media, need to do more to disclose their criminal activity.

“We have commercial products that are actively facilitating child sexual exploitation,” he stated. “We are complicit in this.”

According to the findings of the study, perpetrators also had a greater propensity to have been themselves the victims of sexual abuse or to have had terrible experiences as children, as well as to suffer from anxiety, depression, and binge drinking.

Put an end to it Right Away! The study was developed in part with assistance from Australia’s one and only helpline for persons who are sexually attracted to minors. According to the findings, around one-third of men who had sexual emotions towards youngsters expressed a desire to get therapy.

The clinical manager of the helpline, Georgia Naldrett, advocated for governments to fund in programs that address boys and men who report “troubling thoughts and behaviors.”

Even after providing evidence that the offense was committed, Reo, who is now 77 years old, fought for restitution for years.

She explained that the offense had a negative impact on her throughout her entire life, but she encouraged other victims to go for therapeutic assistance and guidance.

You will make it through this, and you will be able to lead a normal life. She told me that I could put it into perspective to the point where I wouldn’t relive it and I wouldn’t have nightmares about it anymore.

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