What about the pedophiles who DO finally accept what they've done? Whether they're sorry or not is a different matter.....but on a level.....they know. Some men actually do admit they abused a child/children. Where do they fit in your equation?
There was a program on H20 (last year?) about a father molester who raped all his children - 4 or 5 - their whole childhood, the mother knew, she just had a hard time accepting it. All his children confronted him, one had written a book, and they had gotten H20 to do the show. The children were all damaged. He refused to acknowledge his actions. He was not deluding himself - all his children were convinced he absolutely knew & remembered. He came near to spitting on them like dogs....lol - from his wheelchair, and he was NOT senile, just ill health. He just refused. He was just an evil man.
Some sociopaths aren't delusional, they know what they're doing......they just think they have the right to do it. They know there's laws against some of their actions...they just feel they're above that law. ie - Ted Bundy.
I believe what we have is talking over different types of pedophiles. Pork Chop wrote of one kind - situational molesters. You write of men who either delude themselves or are true sociopaths who are out of the realm of seeing themselves within social laws. I write of men who damned well know what they're doing.....and they don't care.
From all that I've read, Pork Chop's and your definitions fit the vast majority of molesters. As long as the statements are qualified, no problem with me.
Thank you - and thank you for your kind private message.