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Obama Donor Argues Pedophilia 'Not a Crime' in NYT Op-Ed

Katie Yoder
By Katie Yoder | October 7, 2014 | 11:39 AM EDT

Here's a tidbit of information The New York Times left out of the bio of a professor who argued pedophilia is "not a crime" in a recent Op-Ed - she's also a President Obama supporter.

Rutgers law professor Margo Kaplan penned a New York Times op-ed Oct. 5, headlined: "Pedophilia: A Disorder, Not a Crime."

"A pedophile should be held responsible for his conduct - but not for the underlying attraction," Kaplan argued in the op-ed. Besides teaching law, Kaplan also writes for RH Reality Check, which prides itself in helping people "safeguard their sexual and reproductive health and rights against false attacks and misinformation." In 2012, Kaplan donated $250 to Barack Obama's campaign.

"One can live with pedophilia and not act on it," Kaplan wrote in her op-ed. The "sexual attraction to prepubescents" by an estimated "1 percent of the male population," she wrote, "often constitutes a mental illness." She lamented that "our laws are failing them."

An assistant professor at Rutgers School of Law - Camden, and a former lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union, Kaplan has plans for a "Taking Pedophilia Seriously" publication to be released next year. At Rutgers, her research focuses on "legal limitations on intimate decisions, particularly the use of criminal law in areas of health and sexuality."

In her op-ed, Kaplan said that "the fact that pedophilia is so despised is precisely why our responses to it, in criminal justice and mental health, have been so inconsistent and counterproductive."

Citing testimonials, she said pedophiles "must hide their disorder from everyone they know - or risk losing educational and job opportunities, and face the prospect of harassment and even violence."

Kaplan claims that protecting pedophiles protects children, concluding, "Acknowledging that pedophiles have a mental disorder, and removing the obstacles to their coming forward and seeking help, is not only the right thing to do, but it would also advance efforts to protect children from harm."

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