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psychosexual disorder in which there is a preference for sexual activity with prepubertal children. Pedophiles are almost always males. The children are more often of the opposite sex (about twice as often) and are typically 13 years or age or younger; they may be within or outside the pedophile's family. Sexual fantasies, looking, or fondling are more common than genital contact. Sexual offenses against children make up a significant proportion of reported criminal sex acts.

The cause or causes of pedophilia are not well understood. Personality problems may be evident, and the pedophile often shows little or no concern for the effects of his sexual behavior on the child. Researchers have reported that psychotherapy in conjunction with the use of testosterone-lowering drugs has substantially reduced the desire in male pedophiles to molest children. See also child abusechild abuse,
physical, sexual, or emotional maltreatment or neglect of children by parents, guardians, or others responsible for a child's welfare. Physical abuse is characterized by physical injury, usually inflicted as a result of a beating or inappropriately harsh discipline.
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Love of children by adults for sexual purposes.


(esp US), pedophilia
the condition of being sexually attracted to children
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Paedophile hunters say up to 50 predators are being caught by their groups every week
Joanne said: "Ian Watkins is meant to be serving a 29-year sentence in a real prison - not a haven for paedophiles.
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CLAIMS that an evil web of VIP paedophiles exists in British public life - protected and hidden by rich and powerful people - go back more than 30 years.
The scheme is a watered-down version of laws in the US under which details of where convicted paedophiles live are actively publicised.
A source told Exaro last week that senior officers, including Commander Peter Spindler, the head of the Paedophile Unit, have had a secret briefing on preparations to arrest the ex-minister.
Other elements include trials of drugs which can reduce the sex drive of known paedophiles, more satellite tracking, and increasing use of lie detectors to check whether those freed are not reoffending.
Mrs Payne, who has campaigned for greater access to details about paedophiles since her eight-year-old daughter Sarah was murdered, said the review's proposals were a positive development.
It said members of the public would be able to ask officials to run checks on local people suspected of being paedophiles - although the Home Office stressed final details had yet to be hammered out.
THERE'S an unwillingness in Britain to own publicly a fact that most of us have sussed out: our little nation doesn't know how to cope with its paedophiles.
The rate of re-offending seems to be around twice as high among paedophiles who are attracted to boys.
The Danish Paedophile Association says that it seeks to fight prejudice against paedophilia and to educate paedophiles in responsible behaviour towards children, according to Reuters.