Some tribal cultures accept this blend of nurturance and eroticism as a normal part of children's socialisation. Perhaps the most common ritualised form of cross-generational sex is found in puberty rites among tribal Aborigines and some New Guineans. [...] We are not a tribal culture, and acient Greece ended before the coming of Christ. The chief legacy of the Christian West was to make sex anathema except for procreation. This very minute, recreational sex is struggling for cultural recognition. Some parents still discourage their children from masturbating, and child-love is as mysterious as it was in Lewis Carroll's England. [...]
Accepting recreational sex makes it easier to accept the so-called paraphilias, including child-love. But what of the law? Historically, changes of law enforcement precede changes in the law itself. Parents and law enforcement agencies are beginning to question the wisdom of putting children through the gruelling ordeal of court proceedings. And research is increasingly emphatic about the differences between paedophiles and child molesters. In Holland, many jurisdictions are already exercising discretion in enforcing the laws covering child sex, The Rotterdam Vice Squad, for example, tells the parents that a trial may be traumatic for the child, and lets them decide whether prosecution should go ahead. Their courts are also awarding lighter sentences to paedophiles in many cases.
source: 'The paedophiles' by Beatrice Faust; From the book 'The Betrayal of Youth - Radical Perspectives on Childhood Sexuality, Intergenerational Sex, and the Social Oppression of Children and Young People'; Edited by Warren Middleton; CL Publications, London; 1986