So from my mother’s words I wanted to see if there was any association between autism spectrum disorder (ASD; I hate that they term it a disorder) and hyper-sexuality and I found that there is a link. However because this is something people need to self disclose the extent of it isn’t exactly known. Most closely linked are men with high functioning ASD and paraphilic disorders. It’s very morbid, so read at your own discretion if you’re interested in this at all.
I remember last year reading an article that tried to give physical commonalities to pedophilia but they linked this based on people that got caught. The men I’ve known in my life that are pedophiles do not fit that physical description given. But the men I know are all very intelligent, have never been in the system and at least two would absolutely qualify as being on the spectrum.
I will never stop trying to understand and bring pedophilia to light. Much like alcoholism, it is both a mental and physical compulsion that may never be cleansed out of someone, but if we can learn to mitigate its harm to others then we may be able to break the part that makes it into a cycle and leaves traumatized victims and potential future perpetrators in its wake.
Obviously this isn’t all pedophiles. I think lack of self-control and empathy* also play out, but the desire itself may not ever be killed. I’d like to believe otherwise but I’m not sure.
This is just me trying to understand something about it better as well. Until we unmask this, offer help to this segment of society, offer real solutions to the problem instead of just turning a blind eye as if it didn’t exist at all, all we are essentially doing is allowing it to happen….being complicit, if you will. Word of the decade, I know.
But anyway, yes. It is very possible to be hypertactile and hyper-sexual and be on the spectrum. Learn something new every day. Not my goal, but I enjoy that life gives you that opportunity continually.
*Which is definitely not me. If anything I think I have hyper-empathy. Which is also classified as a disorder. I hate science sometimes. 🙄 More boxes.