Pedophilia a Crime or a DISORDER?

A pedophile is a person who has sexual orientation towards children, between age 13 or younger.

PEADOPHILIA. Is a mental disorder that requires medical attention.

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Pedophilia is a Paraphilia, defined as recurrent and intense sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors involving sexual activity with a prepubescent child or children.

Pedophilia may be distinguished from hebephilia (sexual preference for individuals who typically are between ages 11 and 14) and 

Ephebophilia (sexual preference for late-stage adolescents, typically ages 15 and 16.

For diagnosis, an individual must either act on their sexual urges or experience significant distress or interpersonal difficulty as a result of their urges or fantasies. Without these two criteria, a person may have a pedophilic sexual orientation but not pedophilic disorder.

The prevalence of pedophilic disorder is unknown, but the highest possible prevalence in the male population is theorized to be approximately three to five percent.
The prevalence in the female population is thought to be a small fraction of the prevalence in males.

Make no mistake, it’s prevalence is high.

Offenders are usually family friends or relatives.

Types of activities vary and may include just looking at a child or undressing and touching a child.


Recurrent, intense sexual fantasies, urges, or behaviors involving sexual activity with a prepubescent child for a period of at least 6 months.

These sexual urges have been acted on or have caused significant distress or impairment in social, occupational

The person is at least 16 years old, and at least 5 years older than the child in the first category.


The causes of pedophilia are not known

There is some evidence that pedophilia may run in families, though it is unclear whether this stems from genetics or learned behavior.

Pedophiles have been shown to have lower IQs than the general population.

It may help pedophiles resist acting on their attraction to children, many do not seek clinical help because of the risk of legal consequences

Therapy is the best form of help such as confrontation of cognitive distortions, building victim empathy, social skills.

It’s inappropriate to have sexual thoughts towards a child

Seek help. It’s available



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