A 43-year-old man, Todd Nickerson, who comes from Tennessee in the United States is a self-confessed ‘non-offending or virtuous pedophile’ and is encouraging other pedophiles to seek help and support for their sexual inclinations.
He has openly admitted that he is attracted to children. In a report by DailyMail, he discloses that he has never abused anyone, he says that pedophilia is better understood as a sexual orientation, one he believes is unethical to act on, he is encouraging others in his situation to come forward.
Todd, who is a moderator on the online forum ‘VirPed’ – short for ‘virtuous pedophiles’, also sometimes called ‘ethical pedophiles’ or ‘gold star pedophiles’, says
“I am a pedophile. I’m not a monster. I have the attraction but I don’t act on it. I have never ever sexually abused a child and I never will. I do not look at child porn, I never will. I obey the laws, I respect the laws, I respect society’s position on this. I understand it and agree with it.” He said.
Nickerson went public as a pedophile in a blog for American liberal news site Salon in September 2015, generating a huge quantity of hostile replies in online comment sections and on social media.
“You get the people who tell you to kill yourself and say you should be castrated and all of that kind of thing. Publicly, there was a lot of backlash but privately it’s been very different. I got hundreds and hundreds emails from people who were very supportive, a lot of which were from people who were survivors of abuse.” he shared
Nickerson doesn’t regret coming out in the open to say that he is attracted to children, he however now goes around with a pocket knife for protection in case he is ever attacked by people who say they will attack him on his website. He says he has dine this in order to help himself deal with his “condition” and to encourage other people like him out there to come out, saying that Pedophiles are capable of living a healthy and normal lifestyle.