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pedophilia,

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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pedophilia

[‚pēd·ə′fil·ē·ə]
(psychology)
Love of children by adults for sexual purposes.

paedophilia

(esp US), pedophilia
the condition of being sexually attracted to children
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There is a great deal of ambiguity in Afghan laws regarding what constitutes pedophilic boy play.
22) I contend that when, after careful examination of a family photo of a toddler opening up her Christmas presents, the court finds the depiction of the child's genitalia to be "startling," it is clearly locked into the pedophilic gaze.
court determined that the church and its leaders owed a duty of reasonable care to act affirmatively to prevent foreseeable harm, including intentional acts, given their relationship with the victim and their alleged knowledge of their employee's propensity to engage in pedophilic conduct.
Pere Locas's being espied in the school's boiler room committing a pedophilic act recalls the worst legacies of the old educational regime that are still making headlines in Canada.
And for the more contentious issue of pedophilia, a recent investigation by the Guardian newspaper in Britain revealed that the majority of pedophilic images distributed on the internet are simply electronic reproductions of the small output of legitimate pedophile magazines, such as Lolita, published in the 1970s.
Successful treatment of the psychosis will usually stop the pedophilic behavior.
One woman from Bakersfield, who wished to remain anonymous, detailed the satanic, pedophilic background of one of her local Republican officials.
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Internet protocol addresses can be used to find out where, physically, someone accessed online data, such as pedophilic material.
It is unfortunate, but we do live in a problematic world and one absolutely does need to check on criminal past--especially with regard to anyone who has a pedophilic nature.
Kelwala has found that there are parallels between the psychodynamics of pedophilic patients and those who harbor prominent pedophilic fantasies but do not act on them.
his pedophilic episodes and even his off-duty affiliation with the fey bailiff (Steven Hawley).