A new study published a few days ago provides probably the strongest evidence to date that sex dolls can and do serve as an alternative sexual outlet and likely prevent abuse.
From the abstract:
pedo-hebephilic participants more often reported acting out of illegal [if they were not fantasies] sexual fantasies with their dolls and a loss of interest in (sexual) intimacy with real children through doll use
dolls may be used as a sexual outlet for potentially dangerous and illegal [if they were not fantasies] (sexual) fantasies
Found a new study that’s been making headwinds as of late.
It is a growing concern that the use of sex dolls and robots could affect human sexuality. This concern has led to a ban of child-like sex dolls in several countries and a call to ban adult-like sex dolls and robots by some scholars. However, empirical data is largely missing supporting this claim. Here, we present retrospective self-reported quantitative and qualitative data of a large sample (N = 224, 90.5% men, Mean age = 31 years, SD = 14.2) of teleiophilic (i.e., sexual orientation toward adults) and pedo-hebephilic participants. Using an online survey, we found that users reported an overall reduction in sexuality-related behaviors (e.g., porn consumption or visiting of sex workers) in response to doll ownership. Users in a relationship with a human were less affected by doll use, while those in a relationship with a doll reported greater effects. Interestingly, pedo-hebephilic users reported a greater reduction of sexual compulsivity compared to teleiophilic participants following doll use. Additionally, pedo-hebephilic participants more often reported acting out of illegal sexual fantasies with their dolls and a loss of interest in (sexual) intimacy with real children through doll use in the qualitative data.These self-reported data challenge the view that doll use is dangerously affecting human sexuality and instead suggest that dolls may be used as a sexual outlet for potentially dangerous and illegal (sexual) fantasies.
Here’s another article on Psychology Today by Dr. David Ley.