WHOA! New Study Found 2 Physical Traits Pedophiles Have In Common

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Pedophilia might have a biological basis
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A biological basis for pedophilia could help spot and treat pedophiles earlier!

Researchers are looking into what causes someone to have pedophilic tendencies, how to spot someone with them, and how to stop someone from acting on their urges to rape.

New research from University of Windsor in Canada has found two traits that are common among pedophiles: left-handedness and superficial facial flaws.

These flaws include non-detached earlobes, malformed ears, or a high or steepled palate. These are traits people are born with and are usually developed in early second trimester in the womb. Causes include exposing the fetus to viruses, alcohol or drugs, obstetric complications, or nutritional deficiencies.

"Evidence is steadily accumulating to support a neurodevelopmental basis of pedophilia," lead researcher Fiona Dyshniku says in a statement. "If we find that pedophilia has a biological basis, with a very early, even prenatal onset, this will influence and hopefully improve methods of treatment for this group.

The conclusions came after 140 men from Kurt Freund Laboratory of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto that were evaluated for physical anomalies, their dominant hand, and their illegal sexual behavior.

"If we know more about the etiology of an injurious behavior, we can create more effective treatments and look toward prevention," explains Rachel Fazio, clinical neuropsychologist and co-author of the study.

"For years, it was thought that child molestation was somewhat of a learned behavior, potentially from the abusers having been sexually abused themselves as children. While this may be a factor in some cases, this is not the case in those with genuine pedophilia."

Hopefully, the more we understand about what causes pedophilia, the sooner we can find a way to protect children from becoming victimized.

Of course, just because someone has non-detatched earlobes or is left-handed does not mean they have these tendencies, the research is only intended to show that science is closer to finding links that can help us spot and treat these behaviors in the future.

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