A pedophile may use a number of psychological defenses to avoid consequences of actions. Sometimes these are directed at the person himself or towards others.

Patient selection: pedophile


Psychological defenses:

(1) denial that actions were wrong (it didn't happen)

(2) minimization (it happened but is not that big of a deal)

(3) justification (it happened but it was for the child's benefit)

(4) fabrication(s) about what was going on (it happened but for a "plausible" reason)

(5) attack anyone raising questions (provide misdirection or lashes out as a trapped animal)


The person can become quite adept at manipulating others.

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