James Cantor

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James Cantor

James M. Cantor (born January 2, 1966) is an American-Canadian clinical psychologist and sexologist specializing in hypersexuality and paraphilias.

A former senior scientist with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Cantor was editor-in-chief of the journal Sexual Abuse from 2010 to 2014. His research on brain differences in pedophiles has been cited as evidence that pedophilia is something unchangeable and that people are probably born with it.


  • One cannot choose to not be a pedophile, but one can choose to not be a child molester.
  • Having encountered thousands of cases, it is my experience that the pedophiles who do go on to become actual child molesters do so when they feel the most desperate. Yet, much of what society does has been to increase rather than decrease their desperation.
  • Pedophiles will remain hidden if they continue to be hated and feared, which would impede efforts to better understand this sexual orientation and thereby prevent child sexual exploitation.

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