My name is Todd E. Nickerson and I am a journalist and a celibate/non-offending pedophile. I wrote a couple of articles for Salon about myself and my favorite forum, Virtuous Pedophiles, and now I have a blog to expand on the issues I wrote about in the articles. I am a freelance artist and graphic designer, as well as an author of fiction (nothing published yet!) and nonfiction. I was born without my right hand. I love art, movies, books, science, philosophy, cooking and daydreaming. I live in West Tennessee.

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  1. Hi, thanks for sharing your insight. I think that having frank, open and honest discussion is desperately needed to break the cycle of sexual abuse. We need to change some of the beliefs that people hold about sexual abuse and pedophiles. I don’t want any one abused by anyone in any way shape or form. I agree that we need to teach pedophiles and victims of abuse that the label doesn’t guarantee that a person will abuse others. I think we also need to teach people stop focusing on what you don’t want and focus on what you do want. If you are afraid you might abuse some one focus then on being a non abuser. What would that look like? How would you act? What would your relationships be like?


    1. Hi, Deb! I completely agree with your point about focusing on the right things. The problem is that young people who are just realizing their sexual attraction to children are constantly bombarded with the message that they are a danger and it’s only a matter of time before they sexually abuse a child. This message can then become self-fulfilling prophecy because young pedophiles internalize that message and believe it. This is one of the main reasons I am doing what I’m doing. I want to spread the message far and wide that just because you have this sexuality does not mean you must act on it. That narrative is wrongheaded and dangerous and it needs to be challenged at every turn. Thanks for your comment!

      P.S. I see that you meant to post one message and probably submitted the first part accidentally, so I took the liberty of merging your replies into a single comment. I hope you don’t mind.


  2. Hi Todd, hope this finds you well. I am a theatre-maker and performer from UK and am currently writing a play about a young man who discovers he is sexually attracted to young children. Your blog has been super insightful into the world of virtuous paedophiles. I think your writing is extremely open and I am glad it is available for people who may be feeling isolated and in need of help and guidance. I would very much like to ask you a few things if its possible to chat via email? Many thanks!


  3. Hey there, I heard your interview on dublintalks this morning and just wondering if you have an email or if you could turn your DM’s on on twitter so that I could privately message you? I just followed you there, my handle is
    m yperhusic 🙂
    (P.s just so you know they’re dumbos on dublintalks..)


  4. I live in country were dangerous to be openly pedophile, and I very happy to read you story in Salon. Can I you support anonymously? Do you have Bitcoin address? Then put it on About page. Thanks.


  5. Hi Todd! I am writing a journalistic piece for one of my classes about how pedophilia relates to HIPAA and first amendment rights. I was wondering if you could please give me your thoughts on that? Thank you!


  6. Dear Mr Nickerson,

    I was very moved by your interviews and would like to thank you for raising awareness regarding the difference between pedophilia and child molesters. I feel like I was still unable to understand the true difference between the two and admire your bravery putting your face out there and making your situation known. I feel truly sorry that you have to live with this as you have chosen to do the right thing while is inspirational in itself. I hope that many other people will be humbled and let go of their preconceived notions of tarring and demonising those who have not done anything actively to deserve this.

    I just wanted to reach out and show support for you and to thank you for not acting on your impulse as I was molested as a 9 year old in the street near my home. I wish you all the best and hope that you continue to garner support for those in your situation who do not act on impulses they never asked for and cannot change.


    1. Hello, lovelushlashes, thank you for your reply and your supportive words! Take a minute and read the reply I gave to ‘D’ on this same page because it applies here too. Additionally, I’m sorry you were sexually abused. Obviously no child deserves that. You know what’s interesting? The fiercest supporters of virpeds often are the abuse survivors. I think it’s because they really and truly get it. Anyway, thanks again.


  7. Todd,

    I applaud you for having the courage to stand up and ‘face your music’ I like to say. As you have received I am sure a wave, or torrent really, of negative feedback, I wanted to take the time to write you some positive. As long as you are not offending, you are perfectly within the law to have any emotions you desire. It’s a cruel world, hopefully this message makes it a little less, even if it’s only in our imaginations.


    1. Hi, D! Thank you so much for the supportive words! As I often point out, I get a lot of negative public backlash, but I also got a lot of private support. I think most people actually get it and want to be supportive, but they are afraid of the guilt-by-association tag and the horrendous hostility in the current environment, which is understandable. It’s not their fight. Nevertheless, I appreciate all of the support I get, public or private. Thanks again!


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