Unintended consequences (sometimes unanticipated consequences or unforeseen consequences), outcomes that are not the ones intended by a purposeful action, sometimes occur as a result of efforts to restrict individual freedom to engage in intergenerational sexual relationships.
An unintended consequence of criminalizing adult-child sex is that people may become fearful that any physical contact with minors could result in criminal charges.
One report notes, "An online survey was utilized to collect data from 584 family members [of registered sex offenders] across the U.S. Employment problems experienced by the RSO, and subsequent financial hardships, emerged as the most pressing issue identified by family members. The likelihood of housing disruption was correlated with residential restriction laws; larger buffer distances led to increased frequencies of housing crisis. Family members living with an RSO were more likely to experience threats and harassment by neighbors. Children of RSOs reportedly experienced adverse consequences including stigmatization and differential treatment by teachers and classmates. More than half had experienced ridicule, teasing, depression, anxiety, fear, or anger. Unintended consequences can impact family members’ ability to support RSOs in their efforts to avoid recidivism and successfully reintegrate."
Pedophiles' fear of discrimination may lead to social isolation and thus a reduction of social control of pedophilic sexual urges, as well as the chances to implement preventative measures.
Asuncion Avila-Villa killed her child to conceal the fact that the father of the child was underage.
- Jahnke, Sara (January 2015). "Stigmatization of People with Pedophilia: Two Comparative Surveys". Archives of sexual behavior 44 (1): 21-34. doi:10.1007/s10508-014-0312-4.