Money defines ephebophilia
as a paraphilia of the eligible/stigmatic type distinct from nepeiophilia and pedophilia in that the age of the partner is postpubertal and adolescent.
Among priests, ephebophiles are much more common and more homosexually oriented than with comparable pedophiles; statistics reveal that 90 percent of the clergy (priest) sex abuse cases involved ephebophilia
Indeed, bishops may have felt that pedophilia and ephebophilia
constituted a minor public relations issue by comparison.
It is a fact that we know far more today about pedophilia, ephebophilia
and child abuse generally and the difference between the clinical and the legal considerations of the problem than we did a generation or two ago.
Bernardino's fears concerning sodomy (variously circumlocuted, but usually in the form of male pedophlia and ephebophilia
, although Polecritti expands this to include marital sodomy) encountered less indifference.
Homosexuality also is confused with sexual paraphilias, particularly with pedophilia, the attraction of adults to small children, or ephebophilia
, the attraction of adults to adolescents.
And, while this subculture may or may not exist, there are many who believe pedophilia (sex with children) and ephebophilia
(sex with teenagers) are different and distinct from homosexuality.
He writes: "It should be clear by now that the relevant factor with regard to child sexual abuse is not sexual orientation, but is rather, the paraphilia (sexual deviation) of either paedophilia or ephebophilia
Paedophilia refers to sex abuse with little children (pre-pubescent) and ephebophilia
with post-pubescent boys.
The word ephebophilia
is not "newly invented," as Richard Goldstein claims ["The Double Standard," August 20], because nearly a century ago Dr.
At one point in the report, it states that very few clergy abuse cases are actual pedophilia (sex with children under the age of 11) but rather is ephebophilia
(sex with adolescents).
You won't find ephebophilia
in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the thick volume most shrinks consult when they want to identify a patient's condition.