The Missing Mechanism of Harm 

David L. "Dave" Riegel
Revised 20 April 2015 


Abstract: In the 1970's, pervasive and intense harm began to be claimed as the inevitable outcome of sexual experiences between children and older persons (Rind, Bauserman, and Tromovitch 1998, p. 22), but no credible path or mechanism has been offered from the sexual experiences to the claimed harm. This paper examines a sampling of the literature in this area and argues that much real damage is done by assuming the existence of a legitimate mechanism to transmute child/older person sexual experiences into symptoms of intrinsic harm such as depression and anxiety, when no such mechanism can be demonstrated.

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