Interviews & Social Media

Malone, Luke. “You’re 16. You’re a Pedophile. You Don’t Want to Hurt Anyone. What Do You Do Now?” Medium. 10 Aug 2014.

Synopsis from This American Life:

“There’s one group of people that is universally tarred and feathered in the United States and most of the world. We never hear from them, because they can’t identify themselves without putting their livelihoods and reputations at risk. That group is pedophiles. It turns out lots of them desperately want help, but because it’s so hard to talk about their situation it’s almost impossible for them to find it. Reporter Luke Malone spent a year and a half talking to people in this situation, and he has this story about one of them.”

Malone’s piece about pedophiles was also featured on NPR’s “This American Life” for Episode 522 “Tarred and Feathered.” Audio of that piece is linked here.


Chattopadhyay, Piya. Interview with “Louis.” “What it’s like being a registered sex offender in Canada: ‘For me it’s a sickness’.” Out in the Open. CBC Radio. 10 Sep 2017. 

This interview comes from the “Blacklisted” episode of Piya Chattopadhyay’s CBC show Out in the Open. Piya speaks to a man, known here as “Louis,” who was charged with sexually assaulting children, including his daughter.


Chattopadhyay, Piya. Interview with Thordis Elva and Tom Stranger. “‘It’s a sense that I had a right to take what I felt was needed.” Out in the Open. CBC Radio. 21 May 2017.

This interview comes from the “Consent” episode of Piya Chattopadhyay’s CBC show Out in the Open. Piya speaks to Thordis Elva, a survivor of sexual assault, and Tom Stranger, the man who raped her when they were teenagers. Elva and Stranger co-authored the book South of Forgiveness.


The Reddit “Ask-A-Rapist” Thread. Reddit. 2012.

In 2012, a Reddit user noted the vast amount of threads featuring the stories of assault victims, and asked for viewpoints “from the other side of the story.” Numerous individuals posted detailing their motivations for sexual crimes: the thread received such swift backlash that the entire thread and its nearly 15,000 comments were deleted. Some discussion is preserved on /r/MuseumofReddit.

Over at Jezebel, Katie J.M. Baker wrote an article entitled “Rapists Explain Themselves on Reddit, and We Should Listen,” which argued that reading the stories of those who had committed acts of sexual violence helped to dismantle the myth of rape. She writes: “It’s a mistake to think we’re justifying rapists’ actions by listening to their stories. Some of them are tough to read, but their brutal honesty illustrates how a lack of communication and education perpetuates rape culture. Ignoring or dismissing these men (and women) out of hand may be an effective coping strategy for a given individual, but not for society. It gets us nowhere.”

In 2015, Slate’s Nora Caplan-Bricker reported that the “Ask-A-Rapist” thread had been used by researchers at Georgia State University in order to study the kinds of justifications that assailants use for committing sexual assault. The study was published in Psychology of Violence.


More links forthcoming.