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Patricia Casey: Psychiatrists must take share of blame on abuse

Patricia Casey

Published 20/03/2010 | 05:00

Paedophile priest Brendan Smyth leaving Limavady Courthouse in 1997. Smyth was treated numerous times by psychiatrists - all before 1975
Paedophile priest Brendan Smyth leaving Limavady Courthouse in 1997. Smyth was treated numerous times by psychiatrists - all before 1975

The debate about whether paedophilia should continue to be regarded as a psychiatric disorder has recently resurfaced

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THE name of Alfred Kinsey is associated with two books published in 1948 and 1953 ('Sexual Behaviour in the Human Male' and 'Sexual Behaviour in the Human Female' respectively). The findings he reported astonished and horrified the public while for others it represent a long awaited end to sexual repression.

His studies not only considered intimate issues such as orgasm and masturbation but also opened up taboo subjects including paedophilic attraction. In so doing, he advocated that babies were sexual beings, capable of experiencing orgasm. He even described the behaviours that indicated this.

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