Protecting children from paedophiles
"The image of the paedophile has been associated with many stereotypes and myths. Unfortunately nowadays these do not assist in recognising said behaviour, as according to records of paedophile cases, evidence indicates that:
• Most paedophiles are in the age of 20 to 50. They may either not be married, or they may be married or divorced and may have children themselves.
• In most cases (66%), the paedophile is a known family friend or relative or has a relationship with the child and / or its family.
• The paedophilic activity does not necessarily include physical but mainly psychological violence. The person exercising paedophilia can often utilise great patience and dexterity and use his adult power and strength to persuade or compel the child or adolescent to participate in sexual activities.
• Many paedophiles seek work or volunteer in places where they have frequent access to children.
The causes of paedophilia seem to vary; usually they to do with delayed mental and emotional development, or some kind of psychological disorder. Some were themselves sexually abused when they were children. Whatever the reasons however, these people would do everyone –including themselves- a great service, by voluntarily surfacing.
In today’s terms, the Greek society is still trying to come to terms with the concept of homosexuality; it would therefore be a utopia to expect a paedophile to be considered as the patient, a fact making self-disclosure a virtual impossibility. We therefore suggest you allow us to investigate whether your child is at risk or in already involved in such a predicament. We work closely with clinical psychologists and psychoanalysts in such sensitive and confidential cases and will act in the best possible way for your child and its future, assuring your own peace of mind.
According to Ms. Artemis Antoniou, Consultant Psychologist and Therapist, in her related web article (http://www.iatronet.gr/article.asp?art_id=4957).
There is no doubt that legislation alone cannot address the specifics of every case, as they are individually complex. It is up to each P.I. Agency to formulate not only the principles of confidentiality under which it operates, but also the way th...